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Zack Steffen: Fortuna Dusseldorf vs. Mainz, Saturday, 6:30 AM
Despite playing on Tuesday in the USMNT’s loss to Canada, there’s no reason to think Steffen can’t suit up this weekend for Fortuna. The travel isn’t great, but as a keeper, his legs shouldn’t be a huge issue. He’s also been Fortuna’s best and most important player this year, so it would be a shock if he was left out of the lineup.
According to Adams himself, the central midfielder should be back in full training after this week's matchup with the Wolves. He will miss out, but Brooks could be set for a return from an injury of his own. Brooks missed the international break but played 71 minutes in a friendly for Wolfsburg in the week off, meaning he should be close to full health. It’s more likely than not he will feature this week, but should he miss the starting XI, there’s a good chance the defender will still be on the bench.
Josh Sargent: Werder Bremen vs. Hertha Berlin, Saturday, 6:30 AM
Sargent logged a full 180 for the USMNT during the international stretch, going the distance and scoring in the 7-0 win over Cuba before also getting the nod for 90 minutes in the 2-0 loss to Canada. With four starts and six appearances so far for a comically injured Werder side, there’s a good chance the striker features again this week, if not starts. Sargent needs to capitalize on his chances with the starting XI, as he has contributed just a goal and an assist so far in more than 350 minutes.
Weston McKennie: Schalke at Hoffenheim, Sunday, 9:00 AM
McKennie has appeared in all seven of Schalke’s games this year but has only started five. His odds to start against Hoffenheim this week may not be great, either, considering he didn’t start in their match before the break and played three of four halves for the USMNT. Still, McKennie should be on the fringe of the setup and may well feature one way or another for the sixth-place Royal Blues, who are locked in a wild Bundesliga dogfight.
Christian Pulisic and DeAndre Yedlin: Chelsea vs. Newcastle, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Pulisic subbed on with 10 minutes to play in Chelsea’s most recent match, a 4-1 win over Southampton. Even though he recorded a late asist, don’t expect that to boost him into the starting XI. Having been removed from the USMNT’s game vs. Canada with flu-like symptoms, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all for the winger to completely sit this week. Frank Lampard has made it clear he has a ways to go before constantly cracking the starting rotation. Yedlin, too, played against Canada, logging his only 74 minutes of the break in that match. The right back was part of a Newcastle side that kept a clean sheet and eked out a 1-0 win against Manchester United right before the break. His insertion following an injury that had kept him out since the end of last year indicates he will most likely be in the lineup again this week.
Timothy Weah: Lille at Toulouse, Saturday, 11:00 AM
Weah remains sidelined with a hamstring tear, and the fact that there’s been no recent news about the winger indicates that he probably won’t be returning this weekend. Lille currently sit fifth in Ligue 1.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd: Besiktas vs. Ankaragucu, Saturday, 10:00 AM
Boyd played a meaningless 45 minutes over the break, coming on at halftime against Cuba with the result already in the back pocket. Boyd has five appearances (four starts) for Besiktas this year but hasn’t featured in either of the last two matches for the struggling Turkish outfit, which hasn’t won any of its last six outings. Boyd will almost surely be in the squad for this weekend’s game against his former side, but his playtime is completely up in the air.
Sergino Dest: Ajax at RKC Waalwijk, Saturday, 9:30 AM
Dest has cemented himself as a key cog in the Ajax team, and despite passing on a USMNT call up this break as he weighs his international future, the fullback continues to garner plenty of attention from this side of the pond. He’s not guaranteed to be in the starting XI on Saturday when leaders Ajax face bottom side Waalwijk, but the 18-year-old should at the very least be in the 18-man squad, and there’s a good chance he’ll find himself in the starting squad.
Ethan Horvath: Club Brugge at Royal Excel Mouscron, Friday, 11:30 AM
Brugge continue to pace the Jupiler League — they’re three points ahead of second-place Standard Liege with a game in hand — and they’ll be massive favorites to continue that run against Mouscron on Friday. Horvath will likely deputize as Simon Mignolet’s backup, as he has done for each league game since the Belgian international’s summer arrival.
Danish Super League
Jonathan Amon: Nordsjaelland at SønderjyskE, Sunday, 5:00 AM
Amon returned from injury before the international break only to end up back on the sidelines with another muscle issue as he tries to work his way back to full fitness. That last setback doesn’t seem to be serious, but updates on Amon’s recovery are proving difficult to locate. As such, it’s impossible to predict whether the 20-year-old makes it into the 18-man squad this weekend.
Sebastian Soto: Hannover vs. Osnabrueck, Sunday, 4:30 AM
Soto has made just one short substitute appearance this season, and it’s unlikely that the 19-year-old builds on that this weekend fresh off a cross-continent flight and a week and a half spent with the U.S. U-23 side. Hannover sit in 11th place and are just a point better off than this weekend’s newly promoted opponents.
Bobby Wood: Hamburg at Arminia Bielefeld, Monday, 11:30 AM
Likewise, Wood has also still yet to start a game this season, and he’s made just three substitute appearances. It’s hard to see the 26-year-old getting the nod on Monday when leaders Hamburg visit third-place Bielefeld, but he’ll likely be on the bench and may have a chance to make an impact as a substitute.
Tim Ream: Fulham at Stoke, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Fresh off a decent 180 minutes of USMNT work, Ream returns to England and should be back in the Fulham starting lineup, as he has been for all but one of their games this year. The Cottagers are unbeaten in six and sit in seventh place, but while they’ll be favorites against cellar-dwellars Stoke, they’ll need to be wary against a Potters team that finally has a semblance of momentum following its first win of the campaign.
Duane Holmes: Derby County at Charlton, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Holmes has been one of Derby’s more impressive performers since returning from injury, and the midfielder is likely to get a starting nod again when the Rams visit Charlton. Derby are unbeaten in five Championship matches but still sit in 13th, three points and three places behind Charlton.
Matt Miazga: Reading vs. Preston, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Miazga spent a week away from Reading on USMNT duty, so it’s unclear whether or not he’ll be given a start in new manager Mark Bowen’s debut with the club. The Royals are in the relegation zone, sitting third from bottom, while Preston are leading the charge to put pressure on the top two, as they sit in third.
Antonee Robinson: Wigan vs. Nottingham Forest, Sunday, 6:00 AM
Robinson continues to start for Wigan, and he should be rested after a week off from international duty. The Latics will have a tall task ahead against a Nottingham Forest team that has just one league loss this season, which came on the opening day against leaders West Brom.