Fabio da Silva returned from injury on Saturday as temporary club QPR lost 3-1 to Southampton, ending two months of frustration for the 22-year-old Manchester United defender.
The Brazilian, who had not featured for the Hoops since suffering a hamstring injury during a goalless draw with Chelsea in September, replaced Jose Bosingwa after 73 minutes and will have been pleased by his brief, but beneficial, outing at Loftus Road.
Defeat piles more pressure on QPR manager and ex-Red Mark Hughes, who insists he will not resign ahead of this Saturday’s daunting trip to Old Trafford in the Barclays Premier League.
In the Championship, Ben Amos made his 19th appearance of the season as Hull City recorded a noteworthy 3-2 win over promotion rivals Birmingham City at St Andrews. Robbie Brady was a second half substitute for Liam Rosenior.
Elsewhere, Jessie Lingard was named on the bench but did not feature as Leicester City impressively beat Ipswich Town 6-0. The tricky Reds midfielder last week explained how he hopes to emulate Tom Cleverley’s progress from loan star to United’s first team.
Barclays Premier League
Fabio - QPR
Ben Amos, Robbie Brady - Hull City
Michael Keane, Jesse Lingard - Leicester City
Reece Brown - Coventry City
John Cofie - Sheffield United
Sean McGinty - Carlisle United
Belgian Second Division
Luke Giverin - Royal Antwerp
Gyliano van Velzen - Royal Antwerp