Tony Mowbray comments on Newcastle loanee Gael Bigirimana's missed opportunity

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The Newcastle United player is likely to have featured for his loan club this weekend if he was not called up for international duty.

According to a report from the Coventry Telegraph, Newcastle United youngster Gael Bigirimana has missed the chance of earning a recall with loan club Coventry City due to his international call-up this week.

The 22-year-old has played eight times for the League One side this season, but his last appearance came at the end of January and the best he has managed since is a role as an unused substitute for the weekend clash with Swindon Town due to the number of loan players allowed in a match-day squad.

However, the Telegraph claims Bigirimana was likely to be back for the Sky Blues at the weekend with a number of his teammates unavailable, only for his call-up for Burundi to scupper his chance.

Coventry manager Tony Mowbray is quoted as saying, “It’s a shame for him because he’s not played much because of the loan situation, and then it’s just opened up and there’s potential for him to play.”

It is fair to say Bigirimana’s spell at Coventry has not been as successful as his Newcastle teammate Adam Armstrong, who has scored 19 goals in 32 appearances this season.

Still, both players could have a future at St James’ Park in the long term, with Newcastle's relegation fight perhaps deciding how soon they are made first-team regulars.

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