City’s loan rangers continue to see action around England and Europe as the fixture lists begin to hot up.
In Norway, Abdi Ibrahim set up Stromsgodset’s vital equalising goal as they earned a 1-1 draw with Brann. The youngster has made an impressive contribution to his side’s bid for the Eliteserien title in the last two weeks since returning from suspension – he got his name on the scoresheet last time out.
Not the result we wanted tonight, but we will continue to fight and not give up for the title! #godset— Abdisalam Ibrahim (@abi_bra) September 21, 2013
Stromsgodset are now second in the division, two points behind the leaders Rosenborg.
Back in England, Scott Sinclair completed 68 minutes as West Brom earned their first win of the season against struggling Sunderland. The winger had a hand in the first goal – Stephane Sessegnon was able to fire into an empty net after Keiren Westwood had pulled off a great save from Sinclair’s initial stinging shot.
After turning in a lively performance at the Hawthorns, Scott will be aiming to do City a favour next weekend when the Baggies visit Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Gareth Barry continues to impress fans on Merseyside after another influential 90 minutes for Everton against West Ham. The Toffees came from behind to take all three points with two late strikes to make it 3-2.
Harry Bunn didn’t take part in Sheffield United’s 1-0 loss to Preston this weekend which left the Blades firmly rooted in the League One relegation zone.
There were encouraging words for the young striker from his manager, David Weir, in the Sheffield Star which illustrate Harry’s talent and potential.
“Harry is honest, diligent and very committed,” Weir told the paper. “He’s got an excellent attitude and good attributes.
“Different to the ones we have already got.
“He’s strong and powerful and although we are still talking about potential rather than the finished article, it’s good to have him here.”
Reece Wabara had to come off after 58 minutes of Doncaster’s 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest thanks to a foot injury picked up in the narrow loss to Watford the previous Tuesday.
The defender has been making a big impression as part of the Championship side and is a regular starter under Paul Dickov. Reece will be hoping to return in time for Saturday’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday and City loanee, George Swan.
I had to come off due my injury I picked up midweek! Had injections before the game but pain was too much :( #drfc pic.twitter.com/UFHllLVVgk— Reece Wabara (@ReeceWabara) September 21, 2013
Swan has not yet featured for the Owls after moving on a temporary deal last week.
Karim Rekik continues to be absent for PSV after suffering an ankle injury – a blow for the defender who started the season in dazzling form for the Dutch side. His new team are flying themselves, recording a 4-0 win over rivals Ajax to hold onto top spot in the Eredivisie.
However, they could have used the defender’s influence in a 2-0 home loss in the Europa League on Thursday.
Ivorian midfielder Abdul Razak is yet to make his debut for Anzhi Makhachkala after suffering a minor injury. His new side suffered a 2-1 loss to Volga and now lie third from bottom in the Russian Premier League.
They had better luck in Thursday’s Europa League fixture, securing a 0-0 away draw against Sheriff Tiraspol.
Mohammed Abu was not involved as AGF Aarhus went down 3-1 to Brondby.