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John Brooks and Zack Steffen: Wolfsburg at Fortuna Dusseldorf, Friday, 11:30 AM
Despite being selected to the USMNT, Brooks picked up a groin injury that will cause him to miss a few weeks. The center back had played every minute of Wolfsburg’s season so far. His absence will help Steffen’s side, and there’s no reason to think the keeper (who played against Mexico) won’t be between the pipes against the Wolves.
Josh Sargent: Werder Bremen vs. Augsburg, Saturday, 6:30 AM
Sargent played in both friendlies, though he was a sub in the first against Mexico and was removed for a sub in the second half against Uruguay. The striker is on the fringe of the starting lineup, so it’s a coin flip as to whether or not he will be included against a weaker Union Berlin outfit.
Tyler Adams: RB Leipzig vs. Bayern Munich, Saturday, 9:30 AM
Weston McKennie: Schalke at Paderborn, Sunday, 9:00 AM
McKennie only played against Mexico on Friday during the international break, so he will have had a full week-plus of rest before Schalke line up against Paderborn on Sunday. That should lead to his inclusion in the starting XI, where he has been for all three matches so far.
DeAndre Yedlin: Newcastle at. Liverpool, Saturday, 4:30 AM
Yedlin is back in training for Newcastle and might even be fit for their clash against Liverpool this weekend. That doesn’t mean he’s an automatic selection for Steve Bruce, with a few other options emerging at right back. Yedlin will need to battle both fitness and teammates to regain his spot in the lineup.
Christian Pulisic: Chelsea at Wolves, Saturday, 7:00 AM
It’s a big matchup this week for Chelsea against Wolves, and it will be worth noting if Pulisic gets his fourth straight league start after subbing on in the opener. Like McKennie, he has fresh legs after only playing on Friday, which might help make manager Frank Lampard’s decision easier with so many internationals on the team.
Timothy Weah: Lille vs. Angers, Friday, 10:00 AM
Weah certainly isn’t going to factor into the Lille team this week after suffering a hamstring tear. USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter called the tear “very bad” during the international break, so it may be some time until he sees the field again.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd: Besiktas at Gazişehir, Saturday, 10:00 AM
Boyd has started in all three of Besiktas’ matches this year, but his minutes have decreased in each (90, then 61, then 45), so he seems to be falling on the depth chart. He played for about an hour in both USMNT games during the break, too, so he won’t be quite as rested as some of the other returnees to Europe may be.
Sergino Dest: Ajax vs. Heerenveen, Saturday, 9:30 AM
After making his first two USMNT appearances during the international break, Dest was rewarded with a permanent promotion to Ajax’s first team, and the 18-year-old now looks set for a run in the starting XI after fellow right back Noussair Mazraoui suffered an injury on international duty. Dest should be in the lineup for the visit of Heerenveen, who have a win, a loss, and three draws in the early going.
Ethan Horvath: Club Brugge at Cercle Brugge, Saturday, 11:30 AM
Horvath will likely back up Simon Mignolet once again for Brugge’s match Saturday against local rivals Cercle, who have lost five of six Jupiler League games to start the season. Cercle’s last win over Club Brugge came in October 2013.
Danish Super League
Jonathan Amon: Nordsjaelland at Brondby, Sunday, 9:00 AM
Amon is closing in on a return from injury, as he played 45 minutes for Nordsjaelland’s senior side in a friendly this week. It’s unlikely that he’ll be in the starting lineup for the trip to Brondby this weekend, but he could very well make the 18-man squad for the first time this season.
Sebastian Soto: Hannover vs. Arminia Bielefeld, Saturday, 4:00 AM
Despite many expecting him to move at the transfer deadline, no move came together for Soto, who is now trapped in limbo with a contract set to expire after this season with a club that’s relatively deep in the striker position. It would be a surprise to see him start any time soon, though the 19-year-old could be set for an extended run on the substitute’s bench.
Bobby Wood: Hamburg at St. Pauli, Monday, 11:30 AM
Wood has made back-to-back appearances from the bench, and with Hamburg unbeaten in league play and atop the table, it would be a surprise to see him break into the starting XI this weekend. St. Pauli are struggling through five games, but the records don’t matter when they line up across from crosstown rivals Hamburg, so expect an entertaining affair Monday.
Duane Holmes: Derby County vs. Cardiff, Friday, 11:45 AM
Holmes made his first league appearance of the season when he came on as a halftime substitute in a 3-0 loss to Brentford before the international break. Now healthy, the midfielder should earn a start in the near future, though it’s certainly possible that he begins Friday’s game against a Cardiff side that’s still readjusting to life in the Championship after relegation on the bench once more.
Tim Ream: Fulham vs. West Brom, Saturday, 4:30 AM
Ream played an excellent 90 minutes in the USMNT’s 1-1 draw with Uruguay on Tuesday in his hometown of St. Louis. That may make it something less than a sure thing that he starts on Saturday, just a few days after returning from the U.S. With that said, a healthy Ream has been terrific for Fulham at Championship level before, so if he’s fit enough to start, he probably will in what should be a fantastic matchup between a pair of promotion-chasing clubs.
Antonee Robinson: Wigan at Hull, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Not getting called into the USMNT squad could prove to be a blessing in disguise for Robinson, who got a few weeks of rest that should help him over the course of the season. He’s started all six of Wigan’s league games thus far, and he should do so again Saturday as the Latics visit Hull. Wigan are in the bottom three in the early going, though Robinson has been one of his side’s best players to this point.
Matt Miazga: Reading at Middlesbrough, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Miazga missed out on the USMNT’s international break action due to injury, and it looks likely that he’ll remain sidelined this Saturday when Reading take on Middlesbrough. The Royals are sitting on seven points through six games, one more than Boro have.
Andrija Novakovich: Frosinone at Virtus Entella, Saturday, 6:00 AM
On transfer deadline day, Novakovich completed a permanent move to Serie B side Frosinone, and he’s in line to make his debut this weekend when his new club visits Virtus Entella, who have started their league campaign with consecutive 1-0 wins. Relegated from the top flight last year, Frosinone have a win and a loss from their first two games. They were the second-lowest scorers in Serie A last season, so Frosinone will rely on Novakovich’s goals as they look to bounce straight back up.