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Loan Watch: Jeremy Helan enjoys a winning assist

Loan Watch: Jeremy Helan enjoys a winning assist
It was a mixed week for City’s loan rangers, as several continue to see a frustrating lack of match action while others continue to notch up valuable league experience.

Jeremy Helan is a regular starter for Sheffield Wednesday and capped a great performance in a 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers in the Championship with the assist for the winning goal.


The 20-year-old sent a clever ball through for Jermaine Johnson to latch on to and guide a low strike into the net earning all three points for the Owls.


Dutch defender Karim Rekik was an unused sub for Rovers in the same game. The Ewood Park outfit have now edged into the relegation places.


Elsewhere in the division, Wayne Bridge played 90 minutes as Brighton saved a point at home to Leicester with a late goal to make it 1-1. The south coast side are still in the hunt for a play-off place as the season edges towards its conclusion.


Alex Nimely is still absent for Crystal Palace with a hamstring injury.


It was a bad week for young keeper Eirik Holmen Johansen, whose Scunthorpe side went 3-0 down to Preston to drop into the League One relegation zone. The Norwegian also made an error for the home side’s second goal, when Nicky Wroe pounced on a poor clearance.


Really disappointed about today's result. And can only apologise for the second goal. We have to get ourselves together and put the effort..

— Eirik H Johansen (@EiJo92) April 6, 2013 to at least give us a chance !

— Eirik H Johansen (@EiJo92) April 6, 2013


In League Two, Adam Drury may have been glad not to be involved for Burton Albion as they went down 7-1 to Port Vale on Friday.


Alex Henshall was a 90th minute introduction as Chesterfield won 2-0 against Barnet.


Young defender Ryan McGivern’s loan spell with Scottish side Hibernian continues to be productive, with the Northern Irishman a regular fixture for the Edinburgh-based outfit. Unfortunately, his team went down 3-0 to Champions elect Celtic on Saturday.


On the continent, Roque Santa Cruz  was a 76th minute sub as Malaga earned a 0-0 home draw against Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final.

Roque Santa Cruz


They face the German side in the second leg on Tuesday evening, so check out loan watch next week for a full update.

The Paraguayan also grabbed a goal for Malaga in La Liga on Saturday, but couldn't prevent his team from slipping to a 4-2 defeat against Real Sociedad. 


In France, Mohammed Abu played 90 minutes for Lorient at the weekend but unfortunately they lost 5-0 to Lille. Abu’s side currently lie eighth in Ligue 1.


Omar Ellabdellaoui played 84 minutes for Eintracht Braunschweig as they lost 3-0 to league leaders Hertha Berlin in the 2.Bundesliga.


His Norwegian compatriot Abdi Ibrahim chalked up 90 minutes for Stromsgodset in Norway’s Eliteserien, as they drew 1-1 with Sarpsborg 08.


In Italy, Luca Scapuzzi was an unused sub for Varese as they drew with Padova. 


There are still tickets available to see the champions in action in their next home game on Wednesday 17 April, when Wigan Athletic will provide the opposition.

Tickets are on general sale now at, by telephone on 0161 444 1894 (option 1, option 1, option 2)* and to personal callers at the Ticket Office above the City Store at the Etihad Stadium.