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Weston McKennie and Josh Sargent: Werder Bremen vs. Schalke, Saturday, 6:30 AM
McKennie played in both USMNT matches this break, logging 160 of 180 minutes, and that combined with travel and him having recently been on the fringe of the Schalke squad could lead to his exclusion from the starting XI for the Saturday morning contest. Either way, he should be at least on the bench. Sargent, meanwhile, logged a full 90 minutes in the second match (to McKennie’s 70) on Tuesday, but he didn’t play against Canada. The striker looked impressive, picking up his first ever national team brace. Sargent has been trending up and performing
Zack Steffen: Fortuna Dusseldorf vs. Bayern Munich, Saturday, 6:30 AM
After missing both USMNT matches over the break due to left knee tendinitis, it remains unclear whether or not Steffen will return this week for Fortuna. That being said, the shot stopper is just about their best hope to avoid defeat to a much superior Bayern side. On the other hand, almost surely staring a loss in the face, 13th-place Dusseldorf might want to give their keeper maximum rest, and in turn health, before the run into the winter break.
John Brooks: Wolfsburg at Eintracht Frankfurt, Saturday, 6:30 AM
Brooks did his job over the break, logging 90 minutes in the critical win over Canada that essentially sealed the USMNT’s spot in the Nations League finals. He was then rewarded with a rest against Cuba, and that means Brooks has the fresh legs he needs to play this weekend. That’s not a guarantee he will be in the squad, though, as he has missed their last two outings after starting in a 3-0 loss to Dortmund in early December.
Tyler Adams: RB Leipzig vs. Koln, Saturday, 9:30 AM
Adams is still agonizingly close to a return for Leipzig but hasn’t yet cracked the squad. The international break gave the central midfielder two more weeks to recover, so it is possible he at least makes the bench this week. That being said, nothing new has come out about his recovery road, so don’t be surprised if he is again left out against a struggling Koln side.
Christian Pulisic: Chelsea at Manchester City, Saturday, 9:30 AM
Pulisic is on nothing short of a tear for Chelsea, but a hip injury deep into their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace kept him out of the USMNT side over the break and could impede his ability to play against Manchester City this weekend. It’s a 50/50 chance as to whether the winger will be able to go, but should he be healthy, there’s little reason for Frank Lampard to keep him out of the side. The top four have separated themselves (and both Chelsea and City are in it), but Chelsea could put four points between themselves and City with a win.
DeAndre Yedlin: Newcastle at Aston Villa, Monday, Noon
Yedlin played 65 minutes across both games over the break, coming on as a late sub against Canada and starting and playing an hour against Cuba. As such, the right back should be good to go on Monday against Villa. Yedlin has been strong since returning from an injury that kept him out to start the season, and after scoring last time out against Bournemouth, he should slot into his right back position.
Timothy Weah: Lille at PSG, Friday, 11:45 AM
Weah will not be playing anytime soon, as confirmed by this tweet from Lille’s English-language account. The hamstring injury looks like it will keep him out until the second half of the season.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd: Besiktas at Konyaspor, Saturday, 9:00 AM
Boyd is mostly being used as a substitute (if at all) in Super Lig play for Besiktas, and coming off an intercontinental flight following 45 minutes of USMNT duty Tuesday, it would be fairly surprising to see him crack the XI on Saturday. He returns to a red-hot Besiktas side that’s won four and drawn one of its last five and has a great chance to extend that streak against Konyaspor, who have one point in their last four games.
Sergino Dest: Ajax vs. Heracles, Saturday, 10:45 AM
Dest was officially cap-tied to the United States over the international break when he played almost the entire match (coming off late in stoppage time) against Canada, but he was an unused substitute Tuesday against Cuba, so he’ll have fresh legs as he returns to league-leading Ajax. Whether manager Erik ten Hag uses him is another question, as Noussair Mazraoui had been the preferred choice before the international break. Still, Dest should at