Seydou Doumbia is “touch and go” for tomorrow night’s game against Everton, according to Steve McClaren.
The striker joined the club on a half-season loan from AS Roma yesterday.
But Doumbia – who had been on loan at CSKA Moscow and hasn’t played for six weeks – needs to get his visa sorted.
And the 28-year-old could instead make his debut against West Bromwich Albion at St James’s Park on Saturday.
Asked if Doumbia would be involved against Everton, head coach McClaren said: “We are hoping so. It’s a bit of touch and go, but if not tomorrow, then definitely on Saturday.”
Winger Andros Townsend, signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £12million last month, will make his debut against Everton.