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Unique Manchester City loan clause means midfielder can’t play this Saturday

The relationship between City Football Group clubs has shown itself in a different way with one of Manchester City’s loanees FORBIDDEN from playing against a CFG club this weekend.

Yangel Herrera joined La Liga basement boys Huesca on loan during the transfer window and has made three appearances to date, two of them starts against Real Sociedad and Real Valladolid in which he performed well.

Next up for Huesca is a match on Saturday against Girona FC – and 21-year-old Herrera won’t be allowed to play in it after City included a unique clause in his loan deal.

Because Girona are City’s Spanish partner club and a member of the CFG, City inserted a ‘fear’ clause in Yangel’s loan switch that doesn’t allow him to play against Girona.

This is a blow for Huesca because in Herrera’s two starts, the struggling Spanish side have drawn away at Sociedad and thrashed Valladolid 4-0 on home soil.

Though still bottom of La Liga by some distance, the gap between them in 20th place and 17th place Girona – who are one spot above the drop zone – is 9 points, which would partly explain this clause.

Were Girona to be relegated from La Liga, it would be bad for the City Football Group and bad for Manchester City, who send young players on loan to the Spanish top flight with them.

Aleix Garcia, Douglas Luiz and Patrick Roberts are this season’s City loan contingent at the Estadi Montilivi.

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