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LOAN WATCH: Ndong’s disappearing act continues as Khazri meets his old Sunderland friend M’Vila

Here’s how Sunderland’s out-on-loan players did this past weekend across Europe.

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Former Bordeaux attacker Wahbi Khazri played 90 minutes in the middle of three attacking midfielders as his Rennes side drew 1-1 with St Etienne at Roazhon Park.

The skilful Tunisian international found himself up against former Sunderland midfielder Yann M’Vila, as well as former Newcastle United men Remy Cabella and Mathieu Debuchy, but neither side were able to take the initiative in an entertaining affair.

The draw leaves Rennes 6th in Ligue 1 with 42 points from 29 matches played, with the 26-year-old Khazri's goal tally at nine in 17 league appearances for Sabri Lamouchi’s side.

Striker Andrew Nelson scored and won a penalty for Falkirk in a 3-1 victory fellow Scottish Championship side Greenock Morton on Saturday.

The 20-year-old forward played the full 90 minutes and won the penalty for Falkirk's first goal after being downed by Ricki Lamie, which was converted by Aaron Muirhead to put Falkirk ahead.

Nelson and Alex Jakubiak made it 3-0 at the break as the Bairns showed just how dangerous a side they can be.

The Academy of Light prospect has impressed so far with the Bairns due to his work ethic and versatility - welcome news back on Wearside, particularly as the youngster has another year left to run on his deal after signing a new contract before he left in the January transfer window.

Fabio Borini played the full game at right back as his AC Milan side ran out 1-0 winners away to Genoa.

Although Gennaro Gattuso's side won the game, Milan fans weren't altogether impressed with the versatile Italian's efforts as Sunderland's Wembley hero struggled against an inform Laxalt for Genoa.

Milan's other right back Calabria was woeful against Arsenal in the Europa League and likely tired, meaning Borini's stay in the team will most likely be a short one.

Papy Djilobodji played 90 minutes in the middle of three central defenders in a back five as his Dijon side drew 1-1 with Amiens SC at the Stade Gaston Gérard- picking up another yellow card in the process.

The draw result leaves the Senegalese international’s side - nicknamed The Mustards - sitting 10th in Ligue 1 with 37 points from 29 matches as the French club enjoy a comfortable mid-table season.

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Sunderland U23 utility man Tom Beadling has impressed so far whilst out on loan at Dunfermline United. The 22-year-old has been used as both an attacking and defensive midfielder by his manager, former Sunderland winger Allan Johnston.

However, Dunfermline’s Saturday Scottish Championship tie away to St. Mirren didn't go to plan with Beadling's side losing 2-0, with the Barrow-born man completing the full 90 minutes in a midfield two alongside James Vincent.

The academy graduate has a fourteen-year association with the club but thus far has failed to make a single senior appearance for the Black Cats, with his long-term future as a Sunderland player not quite clear.

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Elsewhere, Didier Ndong was once again absent from Watford’s matchday squad for their game at Arsenal. The 23-year old joined the Hornets on transfer deadline day but is yet to feature.

Gabon international Ndong was on the bench for the games with West Ham United and Stoke City, before missing the Everton clash through personal reasons.

Speaking to the Hertfordshire Mercury, Watford manager Javi Gracia said:

We choose other options because we have more players available and I choose what I think is best.

The deal that brought Ndong to Vicarage Road from the North East included a clause meaning the move would be made permanent provided the midfielder reached a certain amount of appearances.

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