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Tyler Adams: RB Leipzig at Borussia Monchengladbach, Friday, 11:30 AM
Considering that manager Julian Nagelsmann told reporters last week that Adams would likely return to full training in “two or three weeks,” it seems probable that the 20-year-old will remain on the sidelines for Leipzig’s trip to Gladbach. The midfielder should be back in contention shortly after the conclusion of the upcoming international break.
John Brooks: Wolfsburg vs. Paderborn, Saturday, 6:30 AM
Brooks — who was named to the USMNT squad for next week’s games against Mexico and Uruguay — has played every competitive minute so far for Wolfsburg, and with his side grabbing three wins in three tries to this point, there’s little reason to expect that to change. Newly promoted Padereborn have lost both of their league matches so far.
Weston McKennie: Schalke vs. Hertha Berlin, Saturday, 6:30 AM
Schalke have a point on the board, with McKennie starting in both of their league games so far, but they have yet to score a goal under new manager David Wagner. The midfielder (who turned 21 on Wednesday) should be in the squad again before joining the USMNT next week.
Josh Sargent: Werder Bremen vs. Augsburg, Sunday, 6:30 AM
Sargent is back in the USMNT squad after the Gold
Zack Steffen: Fortuna Dusseldorf at Eintracht Frankfurt, Sunday, 9:00 AM
The USMNT’s No. 1 should be between the sticks once again for Dusseldorf as they take on the tough task of visiting a good Eintracht Frankfurt side. The 24-year-old has adjusted swiftly to the Bundesliga and will hope to help his team to an upset before heading stateside — along with teammate Alfredo Morales, who has also been excellent so far this season and returns to the national team after a long hiatus — for the international break.
Christian Pulisic: Chelsea vs. Sheffield United, Saturday, 7:00 AM
It will be interesting to see whether Pulisic is given another start Saturday against what’s likely to be a much more defensive opponent in Sheffield United than Norwich was last week, when Pulisic had an assist and generally was solid. If he does start, the spotlight will be on the 20-year-old to provide a spark for the Blues, who are 1 of 10 teams with a win, a draw, and a loss from their first three matches. He too will join the USMNT this week.
DeAndre Yedlin: Newcastle vs. Watford, Saturday, 7:00 AM
It’s now three weeks since Yedlin suffered a setback in his recovery from a groin injury, and it would be a shock to see him anywhere near the 18-man squad this weekend. Newcastle are flying high after shocking Spurs last week, and they’ll expect to build on that against a bottom-of-the-table Watford club that doesn’t have a point yet.
Timothy Weah: Lille at Stade Reims, Sunday, 6:00 AM
Weah is out with an undisclosed muscular injury suffered in training this week, and no update is expected until after the international break. It’s unfortunate timing for the 19-year-old forward, who has played in both of Lille’s Ligue 1 games and seemed like a lock for the national team, but he will get to see a few of his USMNT teammates soon as Lille was drawn into a Champions League group with Chelsea and Ajax.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd: Besiktas vs. Rizespor, Saturday, 11:45 AM
Boyd has started his first two games for his new club, but he hasn’t been particularly good in either as Besiktas have started with a win and a loss. He’ll hope for another chance to impress against a Rizespor team that’s begun its campaign with consecutive wins before he also heads off to join the USMNT for his second call to the senior side after switching nationalities with FIFA in the spring.
Sergino Dest: Ajax at Sparta Rotterdam, Sunday, 5:30 AM
Dest got the start and played well in a critical midweek Champions League qualifying win which pushed Ajax into the group stage. That being said, Dest was only in the lineup due to a red-card suspension to starting right back Noussair Mazraoui. Mazraoui, who will have fresh legs, should be back for the league fixture this weekend, however, so Dest will probably be back on the bench. He’ll then join up with the USMNT for the first time after accepting a senior callup this week.
Ethan Horvath: Club Brugge vs. Genk, Sunday, 5:30 AM
Horvath’s side too punched its ticket to the UCL group stage this week, but Horvath was uninvolved after relinquishing the No. 1 role to Simon Mignolet. Nothing should change on that front this weekend.
Danish Super League
Jonathan Amon: Nordsjaelland vs. Hobro, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Amon has remained outside of the Nordsjaelland setup so far this season. His side, however, has started decently strong and sit in fifth, so it seems unlikely that he makes his way into the starting XI immediately upon his return.
Sebastian Soto and Bobby Wood: Hannover at Hamburg, Sunday, 4:30 AM
There are rumours that Soto may be on the move out of Hannover, so it’d be a surprise that the striker gets into the squad this week. A more concrete update around Soto will come as the window closes. Wood has played just 11 minutes for Hamburg this year, but those did come last week, so he may be in a similar boat with relation to the match. It’s a longshot either will feature, but it’s not impossible.
Tim Ream: Fulham at Cardiff City, Friday, 11:45 AM
Ream sat in Fulham’s Carabao Cup loss to Southampton this week. It’s not a bad sign, though, as the aging defender needs his regular rest. Ream should be right back in the thick of the Fulham squad this weekend.
Duane Holmes: Derby County at Brentford, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Holmes logged his first minutes of the season in a midweek Carabao Cup loss, but despite the result, it’s a major step back from injury for the midfielder. Holmes was played out of his natural position at right back, so should he find himself in the XI on the weekend –– which is up in the air if the staff don’t want to rush him back with too many minutes in his first week –– it’s worth checking where on the field he finds himself.
Antonee Robinson: Wigan vs. Barnsley, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Robinson has played 95 percent of minutes so far this year for Wigan and made every Championship starting XI. In short, there’s no reason to think he won’t again this week.
Matt Miazga and Andrija Novakovich: Reading vs. Charlton, Saturday, 7:00 AM
It’d be a big surprise to see either of these two in the Reading mix this week. Miazga left their last weekend’s match after 12 minutes with a hamstring injury and doesn’t appear ready to go. Novakovich, on the other hand, is just outside the roster looking in and could be another who is on his way prior to the close of the transfer window.