An anterior cruciate ligament for striker James Wilson means only five Manchester United loanees have a chance of featuring this weekend across Europe, with Guillermo Varela still recovering from torn ankle ligaments at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Saturday, October 22nd
Dean Henderson, goalkeeper – Grimsby Town – vs Cheltenham Town – 3PM kick-off
Henderson is still looking for his League Two debut for Grimsby, predominantly used as a substitute since joining on a season-long loan. His Grimsby side, whose manager Paul Hurst is drawing interest from Shrewsbury Town, face Cheltenham in the traditional Saturday afternoon kick-off. Highlights on Channel 5, “Football on 5: Goal Rush” at 10PM on Saturday.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, defender – Wolverhampton Wanderers – vs Leeds United – 3PM kick-off
Borthwick-Jackson has been absent from the Wolves side for a couple of games now having started the season excellently at left-back, being nominated for the Man of the Match awards on multiple occasions. The Englishman was spotted at United under-18s’ win at Wolves a couple of weeks ago, and told one United fan watching his loan move was a good experience. Highlights on Channel 5, “Football on 5: The Championship” at 9PM on Saturday.
Adnan Januzaj, forward – Sunderland – vs West Ham United – 3PM kick-off
After a hamstring injury kept Januzaj out of a miserable run for David Moyes’ Sunderland, Januzaj has been reported to be returning unexpectedly early from said injury to aid the cause at the Stadium of Light. Any involvement will likely be from the bench, if at all, but the Belgian winger should return for next weekend. Highlights on BBC One, “Match of the Day” at 10:20PM on Saturday.
Andreas Pereira, forward – Granada CF – vs Sporting Gijon – 7:45PM kick-off
Much like Januzaj’s Sunderland, Pereira’s Granada are struggling. They have already seen a managerial change, their squad made up of multiple loan players or new signings, and therefore lacking chemistry. Despite that, Pereira has arguably been their best player this season, consistently starting on the left-wing, although often playing like an inside forward. Television on Sky Sports 3 and Sky Sports 3HD.
Sunday, October 23rd
Joel Pereira, goalkeeper – Belenenses – vs Benfica – 8:15PM kick-off
The Portuguese goalkeeper has played once in his home country so far, in the League Cup. They have a big game, and one which they are unlikely to win, against Benfica on Sunday, with Pereira likely to be starting, at least, on the substitutes bench. Television on BT Sport ESPN.