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Loan round-up: Sean Raggett returns from injury

31 December 2018

Sean Raggett made his return from the injury he picked up at the start of September, coming on as a substitute for Rotherham United on Saturday in the Sky Bet Championship.

The centre-back has been missing since picking up an ankle injury against Wigan Athletic at the start of the season, and after a few appearances on the bench Raggett was introduced as a substitute with 25 minutes left, replacing Ben Wiles.

The Millers lost 1-0 at Ashton Gate after falling to defeat against Bolton Wanderers on Boxing Day, when Raggett was an unused substitute.

Neither Yanic Wildshut or Remi Matthews featured for Bolton Wanderers in their last two games, with Wildshut missing out on the Bolton squad altogether.

The Trotters beat Rotherham united on Boxing Day, with ex-City and 2015 play-off winner Gary O’Neil on the scoresheet, before Bolton earnt a point against Stoke City on Saturday drawing 0-0.

In League One, James Husband was not included in either of Fleetwood Town’s matchday squads over the festive period. The Fishermen managed to get the three points on Wednesday, beating Doncaster Rovers 3-0 at home.

However, Fleetwood suffered a heavy defeat on Saturday, losing 5-2 against City’s FA Cup Third Round opponents Portsmouth. Fleetwood were 2-1 up at half-time but were unable to keep a hold on the lead after Dean Marney was sent off for the home side five minutes into the second half.

In League Two, Tristan Abrahams came on as a substitute on Boxing Day for Exeter City replacing Lee Martin in the 76th minute, with the Grecians going on to score an 88th minute winner.

Abrahams then started Saturday’s fixture at home against Grimsby Town, but was subbed off with just less than 20 minutes remaining as his side lost 2-1.

Both Caleb Richards and Devonte Aransibia featured for their loan clubs in the past week. Richards featured for the full 90 minutes in both of FC United of Manchester’s games, with the National League North side losing both matches.

Aransibia started in Billericay Town’s Boxing Day match against Chelmsford City, before coming on as a substitute for the Blues on Saturday. The National league South side lost both games, meaning Billericay have slipped down to sixth.

In Scotland, Steven Naismith scored for Hearts against Hamilton Academical in a 2-0 victory. The Scotsman received the ball on the edge of the area before turning and curling the ball into the back of the Accies net.

The striker also played the full game for Hearts on Saturday, with his side winning 1-0 away against Hibernian to move within six points of league leaders Celtic.

Mason Bloomfield was an unused substitute for Hamilton in their loss against Hearts on Boxing Day, and the striker wasn’t included in the Accies matchday squad last time out with his side losing 2-1 against Motherwell.

Darmstadt 98 are currently on a winter break until the end of January, which means Marcel Franke’s 2 Bundesliga side are next in action on January 29, coming up against FC St Pauli.

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