Loan Watch: Garner’s going to Wembley
On Tuesday evening, Manchester United’s James Garner helped Nottingham Forest advance to Wembley for the Championship play-off final.
The midfielder, who has been on loan at the City Ground this season, played 119 minutes as the Tricky Trees overcame Sheffield United on penalties in front of their home fans.
Having gone into the second leg 2-1 up, the visiting Yorkshire side were victorious in the return meeting by the same scoreline and, with the tie therefore level on aggregate at 3-3 after both 90 and 120 minutes, the game was decided on penalties.
The hosts prevailed 3-2 on spot-kicks, following three saves from goalkeeper Brice Samba, and will now compete for a place in the 2022/23 Premier League with Huddersfield Town later this month.
It is the latest slice of invaluable experience for our young no.37, who rejoined Forest on a season-long loan in the summer, having also spent the second half of the previous campaign there.
Garner has played 41 of 46 regular-season matches upon his return, scoring four goals and providing eight assists, as Steve Cooper’s side registered a fourth-place finish in the second tier.
That, therefore, secured a play-off place, with the 21-year-old starting and playing almost every minute of the two-legged semi-final victory over the Blades in recent days.
The midfielder, who appeared to be clutching his hamstring on his way off the pitch on Tuesday, will be hoping to be fit to help his loan club continue their pursuit of a return to the top flight of English football for the first time in over two decades, when they face Huddersfield in the final on Sunday 29 May (16:30 BST kick-off).
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Andreas Pereira played 79 minutes as Flamengo secured their advancement to last 16 of the Copa Libertadores.
The Brazilian side overcame Universidad Catolica 3-0 on home turf to make top spot in Group H their own with a game to spare. That outstanding fixture will see them host Sporting Cristal on Wednesday 25 May (01:30 BST kick-off).
QUALIFIED ✔️ pic.twitter.com/Gjl9LvEfza— Flamengo (@Flamengo_en) May 18, 2022
WHICH OF OUR LOAN PLAYERS ARE IN ACTION ON WEDNESDAY?
Another important evening of action awaits for two more of our youngsters who are currently out playing their football elsewhere.
Amad is eyeing a Europa League triumph with Rangers, who take on German side Eintracht Frankfurt in this season’s final at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in Seville (20:00 BST).
The Ivorian winger played just over an hour at the weekend as the Scottish outfit warmed up for the fixture while rounding off their league campaign with a 3-1 win over Hearts, who also happen to be their opponents for the Scottish Cup final this Saturday.
The Stags will take a 2-1 advantage to Northampton Town in the second leg (19:45 BST), away from home, and should they be successful, they will face either Port Vale or Swindon Town at Wembley.