West Ham United's band of loanees were in action in England and France over the weekend.

Alou Diarra, Stephen Henderson and Rob Hall were included by their respective clubs, while Ravel Morrison, Blair Turgott and Paul McCallum were all handed watching briefs.

Diarra kicked-off the weekend in France when he started Stade Rennais' 2-0 Ligue 1 defeat at Lille OSC on Friday evening. Diarra played for 70 minutes at the Stade Metropole, where he played in a Rennes team that also included former Hammers defender Herita Ilunga. Rennes are sixth in the table ahead of Saturday's home match with Sochaux.

On Saturday, Henderson and Hall experienced mixed results in the npower Championship. Goalkeeper Henderson was unbeaten in Ipswich Town's 1-0 home win over Blackpool - a result that lifts the Tractor Boys up to 18th, four points above the relegation zone. Ipswich host Gianfranco Zola's Watford on Tuesday evening.

Hall's Birmingham City are now level on points with Ipswich following a 4-0 home defeat by Watford. The young forward played for an hour on an unlucky 13th appearance for the Blues, who are now 17th. Ravel Morrison was an unused substitute for Birmingham in the same fixture. Lee Clark's men host Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday evening.

In npower League Two, winger Turgott was an unused substitute as Bradford City warmed-up for next Sunday's Capital One Cup final with Swansea City by losing 2-1 at McCallum's AFC Wimbledon. However, the Dons striker was not involved as he was ruled out with a bruised foot. He will hope to return in Tuesday's home game with Northampton Town.

McCallum, however, was able to celebrate after being named Match magazine's League Two Player of the Month for January. The forward, who netted four goals in four league games in the month, was also nominated for the Football League award, but was edged out by Bristol Rovers' Tom Parkes.

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