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Tyler Adams: RB Leipzig at Hertha Berlin, Saturday, 6:30 AM
The story remains the same for Adams: he’s close to a return from the adductor injury that has sidelined him since May, but he still isn’t back on the pitch for Leipzig. As such, it’s impossible to say whether or not he’ll make the 18-man team Saturday when Leipzig visit a Hertha side that’s lost consecutive league games. Until he does make it at least to the bench, it seems prudent to assume that he won’t be in the squad.
Weston McKennie and Zack Steffen: Schalke vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf, Saturday, 6:30 AM
Fresh off a USMNT callup Thursday ahead of next week’s CONCACAF Nations League games against Canada and Cuba, McKennie should at least be in the squad and is a good bet to make his third straight start for Schalke at home against Dusseldorf. However, his USMNT teammate Steffen almost certainly won’t feature in Fortuna’s goal after he was ruled out of international duty due to what’s been reported as “knee tendinitis.” That’s certainly an
Josh Sargent: Werder Bremen at Borussia Monchengladbach, Sunday, 4:30 AM
Sargent has been in solid form of late, but he was used as a substitute last weekend against Freiburg. After getting called up to the national team on Thursday, the 19-year-old should at least be in the squad for Bremen, though whether he starts or not is a big question. If he does start, he’ll be expected to put in a shift defensively against league-leading Monchengladbach, who are three points clear of Dortmund atop the table.
John Brooks: Wolfsburg vs. Bayer Leverkusen, Sunday, 6:30 AM
Despite being held out of the Wolfsburg 18-man squad for Thursday’s Europa League defeat to Gent, Brooks should start again this weekend, as the center back has been rested often for non-league matches throughout the campaign thus far. The 26-year-old will make the trip next week to join the USMNT, but he’ll first hope to help Wolfsburg maintain their best-in-the-Bundesliga defense against a dangerous, but struggling, Leverkusen side.
Christian Pulisic: Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace, Saturday, 4:30 AM
Over the last two-plus weeks, Pulisic has been nothing short of superb for Chelsea, and he’ll hope to continue his rich form against a Palace club that’s overachieving thus far, sitting in ninth in the Premier League table. The 21-year-old (who will be a central part of the USMNT’s upcoming matches) will hope to add to his four goals in two PL games and seems like he should be one of the first names on the team sheet after winning a penalty and being involved in another Blues goal during the wild 4-4 Champions League draw with Ajax on Tuesday.
DeAndre Yedlin: Newcastle vs. Bournemouth, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Yedlin has been excellent since returning from injury for Newcastle, and he’ll likely have another chance to continue that run against Bournemouth. Newcastle have conceded four goals in the four games Yedlin has started and 13 in the seven he hasn’t started. Bournemouth are putting some pressure on the early season top six, currently sitting in seventh, and left winger Josh King should pose a real challenge for Yedlin on Saturday. After the contest, he too will head out to join the USMNT.
Timothy Weah: Lille vs. Metz, Saturday, 11:00 AM
Weah remained out in the midweek when Lille lost to Valencia in the Champions League. His status is the same as Adams’, as the forward is back in training but has yet to appear in a matchday squad. Until he does, he’ll have to continue to bide his time and watch from the sidelines as his side scuffles, now on a run of one win in eight matches in all competitions. A home matchup with 19th-place Metz provides a great chance for last year’s Ligue 1 runners-up to find their footing once again.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd: Besiktas vs. Denizlispor, Sunday, 8:00 AM
Boyd finds himself in an interesting situation at the moment; he’s getting run in the Europa League –– where he scored Besiktas’ only goal in a 3-1 loss to Braga on Thursday –– but rarely makes his way into the team on the weekend, having made just five total appearances in the Turkish Super League this season. The tally in the midweek against Braga, which was a slick move and finish inside the box, does help his chances of getting in the side this weekend, but it’s far from a guarantee.
Sergino Dest: Ajax vs. Utrecht, Sunday, 3:15 AM
Fellow right back Noussair Mazraoui relegated Dest to the bench for Ajax’s most recent Eredivisie and Champions League matches in the last week. Dest seemed like the surefire starter until his declaration to play for the USMNT, though that was in part due to an early season injury to Mazraoui, and he now finds himself behind Mazraoui once again. Manager Erik ten Hag has shown an affinity towards Mazraoui as of late, but Dest has the fresh legs, so there’s a chance he makes his way back into the starting XI this weekend against Utretcht.
Ethan Horvath: Club Brugge at Royal Antwerp, Sunday, 5:30 AM
Horvath remains firmly behind starter Simon Mignolet on the depth chart. There’s very little chance he sees the field this week against Antwerp.
Bobby Wood: Hamburg at Holstein Kiel, Saturday, 4:00 AM
With just three substitute appearances this season, it’s unlikely Wood finds himself in the starting XI for Hamburg. The first-place team has struggled with scoring a bit lately, and Wood is almost always on the bench, so it’s possible a substitute outing is on the books soon.
Duane Holmes: Derby County at Nottingham Forest, Saturday, 4:30 AM
It’s three straight starts for Holmes now, and that’s an encouraging sign that the 25-year-old is becoming a staple in the Derby side since returning from an injury that kept him out for the first part of the year. Holmes has been deployed at the critical number 10 role, too, for the 15th-place side that is far down the table but right in the mix of the tight Championship race on points.
Despite some uneven performances, Robinson has remained a stalwart in the Wigan lineup and should be one of the first names on the team sheet this week against Brentford. The 22-year-old has started all 15 Championship games this year, though with four yellow cards, he is one away from suspension and losing his perfect starting record.
Tim Ream: Fulham at Birmingham, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Despite being part of a defense that was hammered 3-0 last week, Ream has played in every Championship game since the opening day and should be right back in the heart of the backline this weekend against Birmingham. Fulham have a big mid-table battle with the Blues this week.
Matt Miazga: Reading vs. Luton Town, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Reading haven’t lost in three games, and Mizaga has gone 90 minutes as a part of a three-man backline in all of those contests. He is certainly showing that he adds to the defensive quality of the side, and there’s little reason to think he won’t be in the starting XI this week against fellow strugglers Luton Town.