Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
After being subbed off last week with a hamstring injury, Cameron was left out of Stoke’s 18 man roster during their 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. The injury doesn’t seem to be severe, however, and Cameron is expected to be back on the pitch soon.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Villa came across a much-needed point on the weekend, drawing Newcastle 1-1. For his part, Guzan was solid, making three saves, but the keeper also
Tim Howard (Everton)
Howard had a rough day in goal, watching three shots fly into his net, including Leicester's second off of a penalty he personally conceded during Everton’s 3-2 loss. The other two tallies were hardly the Yank’s fault, as Everton gave away an early penalty (this one not given away by Howard), which was converted by Riyad Mahrez to give the Foxes the lead before Shinji Okazaki scored Leicester’s third from close range after the defense failed to do its job.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Yedlin did not come off the bench in Sunderland’s 3-1 loss to Chelsea.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Tottenham’s youth side is on break until early January, which is when we will see Carter-Vickers return.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Zelalem was left out of the matchday squad with an injury as Rangers uncharacteristically faltered again, losing 2-1 to Falkirk.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Cropper did not appear in either of MK Dons matches last week. Both ended 2-1, the first a win over Sheffield Wednesday and the latter a loss to Nottingham Forest.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hyndman is rapidly bursting onto the Fulham scene, playing twice for the senior side in the Championship this week. First, the midfielder was subbed in on 66 minutes with his side down 2-1 to Ipswich, a deficit they could not reverse. More impressively, the youngster was granted his first start of the season on the weekend against last-place Bolton. He didn’t do much of note, but played a decent 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw. Though he might not have made a major impact in either game, it’s great to see Hyndman getting any minutes, as these games marked just his second and third league appearances for the senior side this season.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream accompanied Hyndman on the pitch for both of Fulham’s matches, putting in a full 180 minutes at left back in the aforementioned fixtures. Unfortunately for the backline Ream is a part of, they allowed four goals, two of which came against Bolton, who have scored only 18 in their first 22 fixtures, second worst in the league. Potentially more unsettling for Ream and the rest of the squad is that Fulham have not won in their last eight matches.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Much like Ream, Lichaj logged his own 180 minutes this week at outside back as Forest secured four points, drawing Blackburn 0-0 before beating MK Dons 2-1. Lichaj was particularly impressive in the Blackburn match recording four tackles, two aerial wins, and completing 94 percent of his passes. Against Dons, however, Lichaj conceded a penalty in one of his poorer showings of late, although the spot-kick was missed.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich was not in Reading’s senior squad nor their youth outfit this weekend.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams was average in Reading’s 2-1 midweek loss to Hull, but more than made up for that on the weekend, scoring a magnificent screamer, which turned out to be the only tally in the Royals’ 1-0 win over Blackburn. With the ball bouncing towards the top right corner of the area Williams wound up and unleashed a rocket which flew across the opposing keeper and straight into the top corner. Though he’s not known as a goalscorer, the Yank has now netted twice in his past six games, which should only give him and new manager Brian McDermott more confidence moving forward.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks stayed hot for Hertha this week, who head into the Bundesliga’s winter break in a surprising third place . The 22-year-old played 180 minutes in a pair of 2-0 shutout victories, over Nurnberg in the DfB-Pokal on Wednesday and Mainz in the league on Sunday. He got on the scoresheet, too, heading home from a corner to extend Hertha’s lead against Nurnberg.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler did not get off the bench in Eintracht’s 2-1 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
With Bayern II on winter break, Green did not play this past week. The senior side beat Hannover 1-0 to push its Bundesliga lead back to eight points on chasers Borussia Dortmund.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Still out with a hip injury, Johannsson watched his Werder side drop into the relegation playoff place in the loss to Eintracht, although they stayed alive in the Cup with a thrilling 4-3 win over Monchengladbach. He could well make a return shortly after winter break ends, as the striker has resumed training and his side are starved for goals, with their 17 tallies tied for the second fewest in the Bundesliga this season.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson returned from the toe injury that kept him out of last weekend’s 5-0 loss to Leverkusen and went the distance twice for Gladbach this week. After playing a small role in Gladbach’s Cup loss to Werder, with one dangerous shot turned away by the visiting keeper, the winger was instrumental in the 10-man Foals earning a 3-2 win over Darmstadt on the weekend, completing 85 percent of his passes, making one tackle, and getting off one shot. With the win, Gladbach improved to 9-1-2 in Bundesliga play with Johnson in the lineup, as opposed to 0-5 without him.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart)
Kiesewetter wasn’t involved for Stuttgart II as they drew with Preussen Munster, nor did he make the senior squad for its critical 3-1 win over Wolfsburg.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
After serving a one-game suspension and missing out against Bayern, Morales returned this weekend to face Bayer Leverkusen, putting in a full shift at left wing as Ingolstadt lost 1-0. Morales had a decent attacking day, getting off two shots, but his passing was uncharacteristically poor, with just 11 of his 24 passes finding a teammate. He was also dispossessed four times, so the winter break seems like it’s come at the right time for Morales.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd’s lengthy road back from a knee injury continues, with the forward hoping to return to full training with his team in January. His RB Leipzig side won a fifth straight game this weekend, beating Greuther Furth 2-1 to hold onto a three-point lead atop the 2. Bundesliga.
Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
Against fellow USMNT attacker Andrew Wooten, Wood went 90 minutes as Union Berlin came out on top of Sandhausen 1-0. Although he wasn’t too involved in the victory, Wood put in a decent shift as Union earned a second consecutive win to move up to 13th place, and he’s one of two players to have started every game of the season so far for the Berliners.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten only went 62 minutes before coming off in the loss to Union, Sandhausen’s third loss in their last four games. The forward has also played in all 19 games for his side, making 18 starts, but his lengthy goal drought continues.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
As Nantes drew its fifth consecutive contest, Bedoya went the distance and had a decent showing. Playing on the right wing, Bedoya had a pair of shots, one of target and one blocked, completed 88 percent of his passes, and made three tackles in a scoreless draw with Lorient. Nantes did gain an extra point of cushion on the relegation zone, but they are precariously perched just five points out of 18th place at the moment.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Horvath will return to action for Molde in February when the Europa League continues. The Norwegian side will face Sevilla in the Round of 32.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Rubin is still out after undergoing ankle surgery, and he is expected to remain sidelined at least into January. Utrecht drew 2-2 at AZ Alkmaar to move into a tie for seventh place in the Eredivisie heading into the winter break.