Loan Watch: Gallagher returns from injury

By SFC Media Mon 20 Mar Loan Watch
Photo by Reuters | Sam Gallagher

Sam Gallagher returned from injury for loan club Blackburn Rovers on the weekend, as the Championship side drew 2-2 with Preston North End.

The 21-year-old had been sidelined since the middle of February with a deep gash on his knee, but came on in favour of Marvin Emnes for the final ten minutes at Ewood Park.

Tom Barkhuizen had put the visitors ahead after just 13 minutes, but strikes from Elliot Bennett and Craig Conway ensured Rovers were ahead as Gallagher entered the fray on 80 minutes.

Though there was nothing the young striker could do to prevent Aiden McGeady equalising late into injury-time, as he fired in from 10 yards.

The draw means Rovers head into the international break on a seven-match unbeaten run but remain one point inside the Championship drop zone.

In the Spainish Segunda División, Paulo Gazzaniga kept a clean sheet to help Rayo Vallecano to a 2-0 home victory over Oviedo.

Patrick Ebert converted from the spot to put the hosts ahead after 13 minutes before Javi Guerra then confirmed the win with a second-half strike.

The victory sees Vallecano shorten the gap to safety down to just one point.

Elsewhere, Jason McCarthy played 90 minutes as Walsall fell to a 3-2 defeat away to Southend United in League One.

A Franck Moussa brace fired the Saddlers to an early 2-0 lead at Roots Hall, though the hosts fought back in the second half and goals from Nile Ranger, Anton Ferdinand and Simon Cox completed a dramatic turnaround.

The defeat sees Walsall drop to 11th in the League One table – seven points short of the play-off places.

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