It's been a while since we've had a chance to check in with Chelsea's youngsters on loan, and there will be a different look to the roundup for the remainder of the season. Chelsea now have 30 players on loan, and because of that, we're going to switch to more of a summary format rather than a brief look at every loanee in depth. We'll keep the roundup to several parts though, just to ensure these things don't become novels.
Several domestically based players had the past weekend off, as it was an FA Cup weekend in England. Patrick Bamford, Todd Kane, and Ryan Bertrand all play for clubs who have already been eliminated, while Romelu Lukaku missed due to injury. There's good news with Lukaku though, as he's now recovered enough to return to training, and will likely be fit enough to play after Everton's match at Stamford Bridge.
Sam Hutchinson returned to England recently, as his loan spell at Vitesse Arnhem was cut short. Hutchinson didn't get to debut for his new club this weekend, as Sheffield Wednesday's match was postponed due to terrible pitch conditions.
Josh McEachran played about 35 minutes as Wigan eliminated Cardiff City, and his loan side will now look forward to a rematch of last season's FA Cup final. Victor Moses didn't play, however, as Liverpool were eliminated by Arsenal. Moses watched Howard Webb's confused performance from the bench.
Middlesbrough were in Championship action this weekend, with Nathaniel Chalobah getting a start against his former club, Watford. Chalobah had a decent game in the 1-0 loss, starting in the midfield, but slotting into the center of the defense after Ben Gibson was sent off (Watford also finished with ten men). Kenneth Omeruo was fit enough to make the Boro bench, but wasn't used as he's still dealing with a minor injury.
In League 1, both George Saville and Milan Lalkovic saw starts. Saville and his league leading Brentford side won 3-1, while Lalkovic and Walsall were involved in a scoreless draw which saw them remain two points out of the promotion playoff places.