Loan watch: Ade makes Real bow
- 31 January 2011 12:59
- Posted by Alex Rowen
In a new, regular feature on mcfc.co.uk, we take a look at how the City players currently out on loan have done over weekend.
The most shocking result of the last few days undoubtedly came in Emmanuel Adebayor’s debut for Real Madrid. Despite taking on struggling Osasuna, Adebayor and co. were beaten 1-0 and now sit seven points behind leaders Barcelona. Entering the fray alongside Kaka and Xabi Alonso in the 66th minute, Adebayor was unable to find a way back into the game for his new side.
Felipe Caicedo had more luck for fellow Spanish side Levante however, as he continued his good goal-scoring form. The Ecuadorian striker scored his side’s second goal as they beat Getafe 2-0 to break a run of five consecutive losses. The win proved vital as Levante climbed off the bottom of the table into 18th.
Back on home soil, Roque Santa Cruz limped out of Blackburn Rovers’ FA Cup fourth round tie against Aston Villa. The Paraguayan was replaced after only eleven minutes, having seemed to suffer a groin injury. Rovers manager Steve Kean has dismissed fears that the injury may be serious.
Elsewhere in the Cup, Wayne Bridge sat out West Ham’s 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest.
North of the border, Slovakian winger Vladimir Weiss came on in the dying minutes of Rangers’ 2-1 win over Motherwell as they set up a CIS Insurance Cup final with arch-rivals Celtic.
In Football League action, Kieran Trippier played the full ninety minutes for Championship side Barnsley but was unable to prevent his side losing 2-0 to promotion candidates Millwall. Barnsley remain safely in mid-table but will need to put a good run of results together if they are to make up the eight points that separate them from the play-off spots.
Down in League Two, Javan Vidal came on at half-time for Chesterfield as they scraped a point in their league tie with Bradford City. Despite being 2-1 down with only seconds remaining, Vidal’s side snatched a last minute equaliser to claim a draw.
Due to a weekend of Cup football, a number of loanees were given the weekend off having seen their sides beaten in earlier rounds of the competition.
Abdi Ibrahim’s Scunthorpe United were also without a game this weekend, their crucial bottom of the table clash with Preston North End falling victim to the weather.