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Loan Watch: Unal and Naah net, Lawlor praised

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In what turned out to be an historic weekend for City's academy, there were mixed results for our loanees.

While two of our loan rangers were on the scoresheet and others impressed, there was bad news for Bruno Zuculini, who suffered a broken metatarsal and has returned to Manchester.

The 22-year-old only joined Greek outfit AEK Athens three weeks ago and sustained the injury in training. We wish him a speedy recovery.

In brighter news, both Divine Naah and debutant Enes Unal found the net for NEC Breda in their 5-0 triumph over Fortuna Sittard.

1-0!! DIVINE NAAH! #NACpraat #NACfor

— NAC Breda (@NACnl) February 19, 2016

Debuteren en scoren: dan heb je reden tot juichen! #NACpraat #NACfor @EnesUnal16 pic.twitter.com/GCuW7Qs6Aq

— NAC Breda (@NACnl) February 19, 2016

Elsewhere, Patrick Roberts made his senior debut for Celtic, coming on as a substitute for Gary Mackay-Steven.

The winger almost marked his first appearance for the Bhoys first-team with a goal but saw his shot blocked. He did have a foot in his side's third goal though, executing a nifty flick to Scott Allan. The ball then found its way to Leigh Griffiths, who drilled into the bottom corner.

Paradise 🙌🏻 glad to make my debut 👍🏻🍀💚 pic.twitter.com/ro9uFsxuK5

— Patrick Roberts (@patrick7roberts) February 20, 2016

South of the border, goalkeeper Ian Lawlor earned praise from the Bury supporters following Saturday's 5-2 win over Colchester. The shot-stopper produced a fine stop when the Shakers were 2-0 down and the home side spurred to turn the game on its head.

@Ianlawlor @ATutte @buryfcofficial cracking stop when we were 2-0 down. Kept us in it!

— Curt Smith (@Smithycurt) February 20, 2016

In the division above, Shay Facey was not included in the Rotherham squad which fell to a 2-0 defeat at Burnley.

Meanwhile, over in Holland, Jack Byrne completed 90 minutes of Cambuur's trip to FC Twente, but couldn't prevent his side from falling to a 3-0 defeat.

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Thomas Agyepong was named on the bench for the hosts but did not feature.

In France, Seko Fofana and Bastia saw their Ligue 1 clash against Nantes postponed due to a threat of political violence. The game will be played on 9 March.

Meanwhile, Yaw Yeboah was not involved as Lille secured a 1-0 win over Lyon.

Elsewhere, in Spain, none of City's loanees featured for Girona in their 1-1 draw with Real Oviedo, but there was some good news as Pablo Maffeo received a call-up to the Spain under-19s squad for their upcoming encounter with Serbia.

Congratulations, Pablo!

In other news, Jason Denayer was an unused substitute in Galatasaray's win over Trabzonspor - as was Olivier Ntcham for Genoa in their 2-1 victory against Udinese.

Finally, Anthony Caceres missed Melbourne City's victory over the Central Coast Mariners through suspension.

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YOUTH AND EXPERIENCE: Martin Demichelis (second right) marshalls the troops

City boss Manuel Pellegrini has explained his youthful, much-changed starting XI in Sunday’s 5-1 defeat to Chelsea.

The result means that his side are out of this season’s FA Cup after fielding a team which included five full debutants.

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City kids bow out of FA Cup

CAUGHT OUT: Will Caballero at Stamford Bridge

City’s FA Cup dream is over for this season after a 5-1 defeat at Chelsea.

True to his word, Manuel Pellegrini brought in several youngsters and rested some of his more established stars and he will have been pleased by what he saw, despite the loss.