Loan Watch: Gallagher injured in defeat

By SFC Media Wed 15 Feb Loan Watch
Photo by Action Images | Sam Gallagher

Sam Gallagher suffered a knee injury and was substituted in the first half of Blackburn Rovers’ 2-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.

Gallagher left the pitch on a stretcher following a collision with Owls midfielder Sam Hutchinson after 37 minutes of play at Hillsbrough.

Blackburn boss Owen Coyle revealed after the match that the 21-year-old needed 12 stitches to a deep cut above Gallagher's knee as they await further news on the severity of the injury.

Gallagher left the play after Rovers had made it 1-1, but they fell behind just before half time and were unable to recover, although Hope Akpan had a goal disallowed for the visitors. His protest at the match official led to a red card late on, with defeat keeping Blackburn in the Championship’s bottom three.

Following a heavy defeat over the weekend, Jason McCarthy helped Walsall to an impressive point away at promotion chasing Scunthorpe United in League 1.

McCarthy, who was named as the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month for January, played the full 90 minutes as the Saddlers kept out the division’s second highest scorers.

Playing at right back, McCarthy set up a chance for Simeon Jackson in the first half which was saved, but the shut out ensured that Walsall remain in 12th place, level on points with Oxford United.

In Spain, Paulo Gazzaniga’s Rayo Vallecano had no midweek game following their defeat at Mallorca over the weekend. They are next in action on Sunday when they host Mirandés in the Segunda División.

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