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Loan Watch: A mixed week across Europe

LOAN RANGERS: How our boys are getting on across Europe

LOAN RANGERS: How our boys are getting on across Europe

After an exceptional start to the season, it wasn't a memorable weekend for City’s loan stars across the continent.

Samir Nasri’s Sevilla have been on the charge recently, with five wins in a row, but they were held to a 1-1 draw on Saturday at Sporting Gijon that leaves them in fourth.

That wasn’t the worst news for the Frenchman, who had to come off at half-time with a hamstring problem.

Elsewhere in La Liga, Marlos Moreno’s Deportivo La Coruna face Eliaquim Mangala’s Valencia on Monday night while Manu Garcia didn’t feature for Alaves in their 4-1 loss at home to Real Madrid.

Over in the Netherlands, the FC Twente of Enes Unal, Bersant Celina and Yaw Yeboah were also stopped in their tracks.

The trio have been scoring and creating in abundance so far this season but they couldn’t find a way past Roda JC in a 0-0 draw.

City’s other Eredivisie loanees did not feature for their clubs.

Oleksandr Zinchenko was an unused substitute in PSV’s 2-0 win over Vitesse while Sinan Bytyqi and Shay Facey took no part for Go Ahead Eagles and Heerenveen respectively.

There was a win in the Eerste Divisie, where Brandon Barker, Ashley Smith-Brown and David Faupala have been starring for NAC Breda. However, only Barker featured, as a second half substitute, in the club’s 4-3 victory over Oss.

On to Italy now, where Olivier Ntcham struggled in the first half of Genoa’s 3-0 defeat to Atalanta before being substituted. Joe Hart and his Torino teammates travel to Udinese tonight.

Patrick Roberts was a late substitute for Celtic in their 1-0 win over fourth placed Aberdeen but Zack Faour played no part for Midtyjlland in their 3-1 loss to Danish champions FC Copenhagen.

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Touching back down on English shores, Wilfried Bony will play for Stoke on Monday night against his old club Swansea City.

Jason Denayer watched his Sunderland side lose 4-1 at home to Arsenal as he continues his recovery from a muscle injury.

In the lower leagues, Aaron Mooy played the full 90 minutes as promotion chasing Huddersfield were thumped 5-0 by Fulham. Jack Byrne and George Glendon played no part for Blackburn Rovers and Fleetwood Town respectively while Kean Bryan was suspended for Bury.

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