Jonny Williams returned from injury to feature for 45 minutes for Ipswich Town’s under-23s side on Monday afternoon after three months on the sidelines.
The Palace midfielder played the first half of the Tractor Boys’ 2-1 win over Bristol City ‘s development team at Portman Road in his first outing since picking up a shoulder injury that kept the Welsh international out since December, which could prove to be a welcome boost for Mick McCarthy’s whose side sit 16th in the Championship.
Also in the division, Jordon Mutch kept fifth-placed Reading’s promotion hopes on track as he played the full 90 minutes as the Royals held leaders Newcastle United to a goalless draw on Tuesday night. The midfielder returned to Jaap Stam’s line-up after remaining on the bench for their 2-1 win over Wolves last Saturday, in what was his fifth appearance since arriving from Palace back in January.
Dropping down a division, Freddie Ladapo came off the bench for the final half an hour of Shrewsbury Town’s goalless draw against rock bottom Coventry City on Saturday, with the point keeping them six clear of the relegation zone after a fine run of form.
However, that would be as good as it got for the Eagles’ contingent of loanees over the weekend, with the other five all not seeing action. In League One, Ryan Inniss was suspended for Port Vale’s 1-1 draw at Southend United as they continue their search for a first win of 2017; form that has seen the Staffordshire side slip into the relegation zone.
Hiram Boateng missed out completely on Northampton Town’s 2-1 win against Charlton Athletic that lifted them to 15th in the table, with Keshi Anderson kicking his heels for the Cobblers on the bench.
There was a similar story in League One as Noor Husin remained on the bench for Accrington Stanley’s 1-0 win against Barnet which helped pull them six points clear of the League Two trapdoor, while Luke Croll also was an unused substitute as Exeter City fell to a 3-1 loss at Hartlepool United, meaning the defender has played just 13 minutes of football since the end of November.