Easter Loan Round-Up

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Our latest loan round-up is a bumper Easter weekend edition, but a host of loaned-out Blues did not feature for a variety of reasons.

Good Friday

Due to the international break, there were no fixtures at Championship level and therefore no action for Aiden McGeady at Sheffield Wednesday or Luke Garbutt at Fulham.

Shani Tarashaj was busy picking up his first senior cap for Switzerland, but Grasshopper Zurich had no matches for him to miss in any case.

Callum Connolly is away with England Under-19s and thus missed Barnsley’s 0-0 draw with Scunthorpe United in League One.

Ryan Ledson and Jonjoe Kenny were in the same national squad and were subsequently unavailable for Cambridge United’s 3-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers and Oxford United’s 1-1 draw at home to Stevenage.

Injury kept Conor Grant out of Doncaster Rovers’ Easter fixtures, which started with a 4-1 defeat at Colchester United.

The midfielder is back at Finch Farm as he recovers from a knock sustained earlier this month which has put his impressive form for Donny on hold.

Conor McAleny was absent for Wigan Athletic’s 4-1 win at Swindon Town, but would make an impact four days later as the Latics continued their push for automatic promotion from League One.

After being dismissed in his last outing, Liam Walsh sat out the first game of his three-match suspension as Yeovil Town drew 0-0 at home to Carlisle United.

Saturday

David Henen returned from injury to play 70 minutes for Fleetwood Town, but the pacey forward was unable to help the Cod Army find a way past Chesterfield in a goalless stalemate.

In the Vanarama National League, Michael Donohue played the first 45 minutes as Barrow secured a 2-1 away victory against Chester.

Goalkeeper Connor Hunt was an unused sub as Colwyn Bay were defeated 1-0 at Frickley Athletic in the Conference North.

Easter Monday

McAleny was introduced at half time of Wigan’s game against Rochdale – and provided the only goal of the game on 66 minutes.

The Blues forward was in the right place at the right time, following up Yanic Wildschut’s effort as it came back off the bar to give the Lancashire side a six-point cushion above the play-off places.

Matthew Pennington’s Walsall sit in third, but now have two games in hand having not played over Easter.

The defender joined the Saddlers before the loan window closed last week and will look to make his bow at Sheffield United on Saturday.

Barnsley kept up their push for a play-off place with a 1-0 win at Port Vale and Connolly will return from international duty with the Tykes in seventh.

Ledson and Kenny were out of the country for the battle between Cambridge and Oxford. The 0-0 draw leaves Cambridge 12th and Oxford second in League Two.

At the other end of the table, a Grant-less Doncaster went down 1-0 at fellow strugglers Blackpool and are now four points adrift of safety.

Henen’s Fleetwood occupy that place above the dropzone, but the Belgian did not feature as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Barnsley.

Walsh would have been sidelined through suspension again on Monday, but Yeovil’s game at Stevenage was postponed due to ill weather.

Meanwhile, winger Donohue did not feature as Barrow won 4-1 at home to Halifax Town to go 13th in the Vanarama National League.

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