Ryo Miyaichi‘s long-awaited return to action for Wigan Athletic was cut painfully short this afternoon as the Japanese winger suffered an ankle injury during his loan side’s comprehensive victory over Everton in the FA Cup.
Having played 45 minutes for Wigan’s U21s on Monday following a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Ryo replaced the injured Callum McManaman after 40 minutes, but was himself replaced by James McArthur midway through the second half following a clattering challenge from Kevin Mirallas. It is not yet clear how long this latest blow will keep Ryo out, but his plight epitomised an arduous campaign for the 20 year old, who has been limited to just seven appearances for Wigan this season.
Joel Campbell set up a goal and played the first 63 minutes as Real Betis beat Osasuna 2-1 in La Liga, whilst Ju-Young Park, Denilson, Johan Djourou and Andre Santos are all in line to feature for their respective loan clubs tomorrow. Marouane Chamakh and Emmanuel Frimpong did not have fixtures to fulfil this weekend as their loan sides are out of the FA Cup and weren’t in league action. Nicklas Bendtner‘s loan deal with Juventus could be terminated after the Danish striker was arrested for drink-driving this week.
Benik Afobe will miss the rest of this season and the start of the next campaign after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament whilst on loan at Millwall. The striker had settled in well at the Den following a difficult stint with Bolton Wanderers, but has returned to Arsenal for treatment.
Chuks Aneke didn’t feature for Crewe Alexandra today as a precaution following an injury he sustained in training, whilst winger Anthony Jeffrey was an un-used substitute for Stevenage away to Preston North End in League One. The match was something of a convention for Arsenal youth products, with Jeffrey Monakana on the Preston bench and Luke Freeman starting for Stevenage.
Josh Rees featured for Brentford’s Development side last week and is expected to be involved again against Ipswich Town on Monday. Wellington was an unused sub for Ponferradina against Sabadell, whilst Samuel Galindo is set to start for Wilstermann against Bolivar tomorrow. Philip Roberts was again left out for Inverness Caledonian Thistle.