By Scott Taylor
Luis Alberto, Ryan Fulton, Lawrence Vigouroux and Lazar Markovic joined a long list of Liverpool loanees on the injury list, but midfielder Marko Grujic made his comeback from his own injury. Elsewhere, there was a performance to forget from Andre Wisdom, whilst there was further frustration for Allan and Taiwo Awoniyi. Mario Balotelli had one his better games for AC Milan, whilst Sergi Canos and Samed Yesil both had positive weekends. Here’s this week’s loan watch:
Wisdom conceded a penalty in an afternoon to forget for him and his Norwich City team-mates as they suffered a 3-0 defeat at home to relegation rivals Sunderland. The defender brought down Fabio Borini which resulted in a booking and a goal. The defender created an opportunity, and had a long-range effort in an otherwise weekend to forget.
Grujic made his comeback from injury when the midfielder started and played 57 minutes in Red Star Belgrade’s 1-1 draw against Partizan Beograd . It was a good week for Grujic as he returned from a hamstring injury, and was awarded the Sports Personality of the Year in the county of Belgrade.
Luis Alberto was however affected by injury whilst on loan this week. The attacking midfielder was forced off in the 52nd minute in their 1-1 draw with Sevilla, suffering a grade 1 injury in the adductor muscle in his left thigh.
Fulton is another Liverpool loanee that was affected by injury. He missed both of Portsmouth’s fixtures this week as he continues to battle a thigh injury, but there is no confirmed date on his return. Fulton joins fellow goalkeeper Vigouroux, Jordan Williams and Markovic on the sidelines.
Balotelli started and played the full 90 minutes for AC Milan as they beat Sampdoria 1-0. The Italian striker had one of his better games this season, registering six shots on goal.
Canos is still waiting to complete his first 90 minutes in the Championship this season, but did feature for a Brentford side who remained unbeaten this week. The Spaniard played 84 minutes in their 1-1 draw with Bristol City, creating
one chance before setting up another. He then came on as a 67th minute substitute in their 2-1 win at home to Cardiff, where he created one chance.
Yesil forced his way back into the FC Luzern squad this week. The striker came on as an 83rd minute substitute in their 3-2 defeat to Young Boys, and will be looking to build on his hat-trick earlier this month.
Allan was another player who return to his respective side’s starting line-up this week. The Brazilian midfielder started and played the full 90 minutes but his side suffered a 1-0 defeat to Lokeren. He was also cautioned in the 86th minute for the Belgian side who suffered their fifth defeat in their last seven games.
Awoniyi was another youngster who was prominent for his out-of-form loan side. The striker again led the line for FSV Frankfurt as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Paderborn. It is now his sides fifth defeat in the last six matches and Awoniyi will be looking to fire his side back into form next week.