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Everton’s loanees endured a relatively disappointing weekend on both cup and league fronts.
Making his seventh appearances for the club, Shane Duffy played 90 minutes in Yeovil’s 0-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic at Huish Park. The Glovers succumbed to their third loss in a row and now find themselves two points adrift at the foot of the Championship after 15 games.
Elsewhere, it was a bittersweet afternoon for Luke Garbutt who could not prevent his Colchester side from exiting the FA Cup at the first hurdle after a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United.
The full-back played a vital role in Colchester’s first goal of the afternoon with a cross that was eventually turned in by Macauley Bonne. Garbutt then netted an equaliser after taking one touch to control on the edge of the area, before thumping home into the far corner.
The former Leeds United youngster was also awarded the man of the match but his side slipped out of the FA Cup.
Garbutt’s loan spell in Essex is now over and he must now wait to see if it is to be extended.
Over in the Netherlands, Francisco Junior was not selected in Vitesse Arnhem’s 18-man squad for their 3-1 home win over Utrecht.
Meanwhile Roberto Martinez has confirmed he has no intention of loaning out 19-year-old defender John Stones. The boss believes Stones is continuing his development by working alongside the club’s senior defenders on a daily basis.
“I don't think he needs to go out on loan and play,” said Martinez. “Here he is learning on a daily basis from Jags (Phil Jagielka) and (Sylvain) Distin, and that's exactly what he needs.”