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Weston McKennie: Schalke vs. Mainz, Friday, 11:30 AM
Somewhat surprisingly, McKennie started last weekend’s game against Paderborn on the bench, but his 62nd minute introduction seemed to spark Schalke, as they turned a 2-1 lead into a 5-1 win after the midfielder entered the pitch. It’s hard to predict whether he’ll start on the bench or the field this week against Mainz, who are in the relegation zone after four games, but the 21-year-old looks set to play one way or another, as he has in all of Schalke’s games so far.
Sargent also got a 20-plus minute runout as a substitute last week as Bremen beat Union Berlin 2-1, and like it is for McKennie, it’s difficult to guess whether he’ll start or be a substitute Saturday against early league leaders Leipzig, who haven’t lost yet this season. On the other side, Leipzig will most likely be without Adams once again as the midfielder continues to make slow progress in his return from an adductor injury. The 20-year-old will likely be back in contention for minutes sometime in the next two weeks, but it’s doubtful that he plays against Bremen.
Zack Steffen: Fortuna Dusseldorf at Borussia Monchengladbach, Sunday, 6:30 AM
Steffen has been the best keeper in the Bundesliga in the early going, and he’ll look to continue that momentum against a generally dangerous Gladbach side that may be a little tired from Thursday’s Europa League loss to Austrian club Wolfsberger. Through four league games, Steffen has the second-most saves of any keeper in Europe’s top five leagues with 24, behind only Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, who has 25 in five Premier League contests.
John Brooks: Wolfsburg vs. Hoffenheim, Monday, 11:30 AM
After picking up an injury during the international break, Brooks missed Wolfsburg’s two games last week, a 1-1 league draw with Fortuna Dusseldorf and a 3-1 Europa League victory over FC Oleksandriya. He wasn’t in the squad for either contest, so it would be very surprising to see the center back included in the squad that takes on Hoffenheim on Monday, though the extra day of rest certainly doesn’t hurt.
DeAndre Yedlin: Newcastle vs. Brighton, Saturday, 9:30 AM
Yedlin is in a race to get back to full fitness ahead of Brighton’s trip to St. James’ Park on Saturday, and it looks like it’ll come down to the wire. The right back has been sidelined so far this year with a groin injury. Through five games, Newcastle have four points and sit in 18th place in the Premier League.
Christian Pulisic: Chelsea vs. Liverpool, Sunday, 8:30 AM
That Pulisic left USMNT camp early only to go as an unused substitute in Chelsea’s last two games has been a hot talking point this week. The now-21-year-old has had an uneven start to his Chelsea tenure, but after Mason Mount was forced off with an ankle injury in the midweek Champions League loss to Valencia, Pulisic could be in line for a start this weekend. If he gets it, he’ll need to take full advantage.
Timothy Weah: Lille at Rennes, Sunday, 6:00 AM
Weah is expected to miss at least a handful of weeks after picking up what USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter referred to during the international break as a “very bad” hamstring tear. He’s very unlikely to feature this weekend for fifth-place Lille as they try to move past a rough UCL opener in which they lost 3-0 to Ajax. Rennes are in second in the early stages of the season.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd: Besiktas vs. Istanbul Basaksehir, Monday, 10:00 AM
Following three consecutive starts to begin the campaign, Boyd has been demoted in the last two matches, coming on for half an hour last weekend in a loss to Gazişehir before being held out of the squad altogether for a Europa League loss to Slovan Bratislava. He’ll hope to be back in the XI for Monday’s big derby with Istanbul Basaksehir, but given his mediocre-at-best performances so far this year, it’s unclear whether he’ll be included.
Sergino Dest: Ajax at PSV, Sunday, 9:45 AM
Dest went the distance in Ajax’s midweek Champions League win over Lille, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see him on the bench for a huge clash with PSV this weekend. The outside back did put in a really good shift in the European match, which should help his future continuity in terms of sticking in the Ajax squad.
Ethan Horvath: Club Brugge vs. Anderlecht, Sunday, 9:00 AM
Horvath hasn’t sniffed the field since the signing of Simon Mignolet. That streak should continue this weekend against Anderlecht.
Danish Super League
Jonathan Amon: Nordsjaelland vs. Aalborg, Sunday, 5:00 AM
Last weekend, Amon returned from injury in a substitute’s role, playing the final 13 minutes for Nordsjaelland. He very well may be back in the starting lineup this week against Aalborg.
Sebastian Soto: Hannover vs. Holstein Kiel, Friday, 9:30 AM
Soto remains trapped on the Hannover depth chart. It would be very unlikely to see him make the Hannover starting XI, though he has been on the bench in recent matches. At 19-years-old, it isn’t a great situation for a youngster in need of minutes.
Bobby Wood: Hamburg vs. Erzgebirge Aue, Sunday, 4:30 AM
Wood has logged just 14 minutes for Hamburg this year in two substitute appearances. Given the lack of usage, it would be a big surprise to see him in the starting lineup, though he will probably be on the substitutes’ bench. Hamburg are currently second in the 2. Bundesliga, so they have little reason to change around the squad.
Duane Holmes: Derby County at Leeds, Saturday, 4:30 AM
Holmes has worked all the way back to the Derby team, making his first start of the season last weekend. Given his versatility and his manager’s fondness for his play, Holmes should be in the lineup again this week for a tough battle with league leaders Leeds United. He and the rest of the squad, who currently sit in 19th, will really need to bring it to get a result.
Tim Ream: Fulham at Sheffield Wednesday, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Year in and year out, Ream continues to be a stalwart in the Fulham lineup. He’s played all 90 minutes in six of seven league contests this year, and this week should be no different for the Cottagers’ center back, who is passing at a slick 95 percent on the season. Fulham sit 11th in a busy Championship table.
Robinson has done one better, starting all seven Wigan matches this year and logging full minutes in all but one. The outside back should be on the team sheet once again for Wigan, who are struggling with just one win on the season.
Matt Miazga: Reading vs. Blackburn, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Miazga missed last weekend’s trip to Middlesbrough with an injury, and it might keep him out again this week. Nothing new has come out about the hamstring issue, which the defender picked up before the international break, so Miazga could be on the sideline for a bit longer.