The past week saw a lot of ups and downs for the CPLers out on loan. After a few strong performances in his carved-out starting spot,Michael Petrasso suffered an injury, while other players — such as José Escalante and Viti Martínez — are right in the thick of title campaigns at the top of their leagues. Some seasons are stuck on hiatus, while one is approaching its end. Here's how everything shook out the past seven days.
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Easton Ongaro (FC Edmonton) — Vendsyssel FF (Denmark)Friday's contest with Kolding IF was a little nightmarish for Vendsyssel, who found themselves down 3-0 (with all three goals from the same player) within 12 minutes. Easton Ongaro, however, had no part in the action, remaining an unused sub even as his side clawed back a pair of goals to ultimately lose 3-2. As a result, Vendsyssel fell further behind the closest team in front of them, and became more entrenched in 11th place of the 12-team Danish First Division. They'll play again this coming Sunday against fourth-place Silkeborg.
Michael Petrasso (York9 FC) — Barnet FC (England)Not an ideal weekend for Petrasso, who appeared to suffer an injury in the 57th minute of Barnet's FA Cup second round tie against MK Dons. After starting and helping create some of Barnet's best chances of the afternoon, the York9 winger was helped off the field after going down. Petrasso also saw time earlier in the week, playing 81 minutes in Barnet's 0-0 draw with Hartlepool. Once again, it sounds like Petrasso was very active in the attack, earning some of the side's best chances despite not being able to finish them. It's unclear how serious Petrasso's injury is, but Barnet's next fixture is this Wednesday against FC Halifax Town.
Nicholas Hamilton (York9 FC) — Dundee FC (Scotland)Hamilton remains stuck on just one appearance for Dundee so far, as he was an unused sub yet again this weekend in Dundee's 1-0 loss to Hibernian in the Betfred Cup round of 16. He may have an opportunity this Saturday, when Dundee play host to Arbroath as they try to climb up from seventh in the Scottish Championship.
Julian Ulbricht (York9 FC) — 1. FC Phönix Lübeck (Germany)More bad news in Germany. According to the club, Phönix Lübeck won't be resuming training until the beginning of 2021, with lockdown regulations recently extended for their region. That means Ulbricht will need to wait at least another month to get back on the pitch.
Emil Gazdov (Pacific FC) — 1. FC Nürnberg (Germany)The U17 Bundesliga has also been sent into its winter break early, and it's unlikely to resume before mid-February. Training will likely resume before then, though, so Gazdov may not be completely without any training time in January.
José Escalante (Cavalry FC) — CDS Vida (Honduras)CDS Vida played twice in the past week, with Escalante playing a major role in both matches. He played all 90 minutes of last Wednesday's narrow 1-0 loss to CD Olimpia, and he was involved (to an unclear extent) again on the weekend, as Vida took down Real de Minas 3-1. The loss to Olimpia did see Vida slip into second in their league group, and they now sit two points back of Marathón. That sets up a crucial test this Sunday, as they take on Lobos UPNFM in the final match of their 2020 Apertura season.
Viti Martínez (Atlético Ottawa) — Alavés B (Spain)Another week, another 90 minutes for Martínez. The Spaniard played as a no. 10 for Alavés B, as they drew 0-0 (for the second game in a row) against SD Leioa over the weekend. They sit fourth in Group II of the Segunda División B, although their 11 points are good enough for joint-second. Martínez's side will be back at it two weeks from now on December 13, when they face Laredo.