Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron has still yet to make his way back from injury as he was not in the Stoke 18-man roster which lost 4-1 to Liverpool on Tuesday.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Tottenham have not played since last week’s update as they meet Southampton midday on Wednesday.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
After suffering an ankle injury, Gooch is expected to be out until at least late January. We will pass along any updates regarding his progress if and when they come.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
As has been the case all year, Guzan was on the bench on Monday as Boro lost 1-0 to Burnley. As was reported last week, Guzan looks set to sign a contract with Atlanta United to bring the keeper back to the MLS when the January transfer window opens.
Hyndman was not in Bournemouth's squad which lost 3-1 to Chelsea, while the U-21 side is off until January 10.
Brooks Lennon (Liverpool)
Lennon was not in the Liverpool U-23 squad which played a friendly against Chester last week. The Reds’ youngsters have more upcoming friendlies against Wigan and Bangor City in the next two weeks before returning to PL 2 action against Leicester City on January 9.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United)
To no surprise, Olosunde was not in the Red Devils’ senior 18-man roster against Sunderland on Monday, and the reserve side is out of action until January 9.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Arsenal’s U-23 side will return to PL 2 action against Derby County on January 6.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Deployed as a left wing back, Lichaj had an average 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Huddersfield on Boxing Day. Though his team did have an early lead, the backline was unable to make the advantage count, giving up two goals in six minutes early in the second half, the second of which was an own goal. Lichaj did little of note and passed at a measly 54 percent clip in the contest while winning one tackle and three aerials.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream continues to be used as a center back, which worked well this week as his backline kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Ipswich. Ream won four aerials and passed at a 93 percent rate, putting in a solid shift in the center of the park. Better yet, Fulham are only four points back of sixth place and a spot in the promotion playoffs at the moment.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
Fulham’s reserve side is also in a short break until it faces Stoke City on January 7.
Danny Williams (Reading)
After serving his three-game red card ban, Williams returned to his normal spot at defensive midfielder in a 3-1 over Norwich City. It was by no means the greatest performance from the 27-year-old as he barely filled the stat sheet, but Williams was part of the squad which picked up another crucial win. Reading are striding towards promotion (or a spot in the playoffs), as they currently sit in third.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich was not in the Reading side which beat Southampton’s academy on penalties to advance to the round of 16 in the Checkatrade Trophy last week.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin has been bouncing between the starting squad and the bench, and this week he watched from the sidelines as Newcastle lost 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday. It was an important loss, too, as the Magpies dropped into second place behind Brighton.
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
Ariyibi played a full 90 minutes for Chesterfield, who were smacked 3-0 by Rochdale. He couldn’t do much in the fixture, but that’s as much down to his teammates as it is to the young winger.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes was used as a 90th-minute substitute in a goalless draw with Bradford. Scunthrope still sit top of the table, but they are now just two points above third place, which is not an automatic promotion spot.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd was not in the Leipzig 18-man roster which lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich. More news came out about the striker’s future, as it appears he’ll definitely be leaving Leipzig in January, although the destination is still unknown.
Still recovering from an achilles injury, Brooks sat on the sidelines as Hetha defeated Darmstadt 2-0 last Wednesday. The center back will now welcome the Bundesliga’s winter break, which began after play Wednesday, as it should allow him to get fully fit. Hetha sit in third place and return to action on January 22 against Bayer Leverkusen.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
In Eintracht’s final game of the first half of the season Tuesday, Chandler was deployed as a right back in a four-man defense and shined as Frankfurt beat Mainz 3-0. Chandler was one of the better players on the pitch in the match, finishing with an 8.1 whoscored.com match rating, second-best of Eintracht’s outfield starters. The 26-year-old recorded two shots, one on target, and four tackles, as well as three clearances. It wasn’t his best game of the season, but Chandler has nonetheless been highly impressive this year under manager Niko Kovac, and he was rewarded with a new contract Tuesday that will tie him to the club through the 2019-20 season. Eintracht currently sit in fourth place in the Bundesliga at the midway point and return to action on January 21 at RB Leipzig.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich → VfB Stuttgart)
After months of sporadic game time, Green has finally left Bayern Munich, for whom he never appeared in the Bundesliga, as he seeks more playing time in the 2. Bundesliga with VfB Stuttgart. It’s a move that makes a ton of sense for the winger, who is still just 21 and has loads of potential. Stuttgart are a huge club with five Bundesliga titles to their name, and they are looking for a quick return to the top flight after being relegated last year. They’re in the midst of a strong season, as they currently sit in third place, so Green probably won’t just walk into the starting lineup, but he’ll have much more of a chance at Stuttgart than he did at Bayern. Stuttgart resumes play on January 29 with a visit to St. Pauli.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was a 76th-minute substitute for Bremen in their final game of the first half, a 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim. The striker came on with his side down a goal, and while he didn’t play a direct part in the equalizer, he did complete both of his pass attempts after entering the fray. Bremen have pulled themselves out of the relegation zone with a five-game unbeaten run and return to action January 21 at home against Borussia Dortmund.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson remains sidelined with an achilles injury and missed Gladbach’s last game of the first half, a 2-1 home loss to Wolfsburg that led to the firing of manager Andre Schubert. New boss Dieter Hecking has a major job on his hands. Gladbach sit in 14th place at the halfway point, just three points out of the relegation playoff spot. Their first game after the break is a must-win, away to bottom side Darmstadt.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
A week after scoring his first goal of the season, Morales was back in Ingolstadt’s squad but was pulled off after just 36 minutes in the side’s 2-1 loss to Freiburg. It’s unclear why he was taken off with his side down 1-0, but whether it was due to injury or a change in formation, the switch didn’t have the desired effect as Ingolstadt conceded once more before halftime and couldn’t turn the game around after the break. Ingolstadt currently sits in 17th place in the Bundesliga, one point away from the relegation playoff position and four clear of safety. They begin the second half January 21 with a trip to Schalke.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
With Marco Reus serving a red-card suspension, Pulisic was deployed by Thomas Tuchel as a right midfielder in a 3-4-3 formation in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw with Augsburg. He had a few good moments in the contest, seeing one late shot saved and creating a good opportunity for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with a cross that the Gabonese striker acrobatically struck right at the Augsburg keeper. He also had three successful dribbles and two tackles, but it was still a fairly quiet game for the 18-year-old, as he lost possession twice and was among Dortmund’s peripheral players with just 49 touches of the ball, third-fewest of any outfield starter. Dortmund sit in sixth in the Bundesliga table at the winter break and begin the second half January 21 at Bremen.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
After coming off the bench in the 59th minute with Hamburg locked in a scoreless duel with Schalke, Wood made his presence felt in a big way, scoring what would go down as the winning goal in a 2-1 victory. Hamburg took the lead one minute after Wood entered the fray, but his big moment came in the 82nd minute with Schalke pressing for a tying goal. The striker was extremely isolated when he collected the ball on the right flank, so he simply ran at the Schalke defense, carried the ball into the box,
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
The 2. Bundesliga’s winter break began after play on December 19, so Canouse wasn’t in action last week. Bochum currently sit in 11th place and begin the second half of their season at Union Berlin on January 27.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
The 2. Bundesliga’s winter break began after play on December 19, so Kiesewetter wasn’t in action last week. Dusseldorf sit in eighth place at the halfway point and resume play at home against Sandhausen on January 27.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
The 2. Bundesliga’s winter break began after play on December 19, so Wooten wasn’t in action last week. Sandhausen, who currently sit in 10th place, return to action against Fortuna Dusseldorf, who are one point ahead of them, on January 27.
Ethan Horvath (Molde, Tippeligaen)
Horvath’s season ended November 6, with Molde finishing in fifth. The Tippeligaen begins a new campaign in March. However, it doesn’t look like Horvath will remain in Norway until then, as reports have emerged that the young keeper will be moving to Belgian side Club Brugge in the coming weeks. Watch this space as the January window opens up.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Johnsen played 180 minutes over the past week for Hearts in a 3-2 loss to Dundee and a 4-0 win over Kilmarnock. In the former, Johnsen played a part in the buildup to the opening goal and had one chance saved, but he wasn’t able to keep Hearts from throwing away a two-goal lead early in the second half. During the win over Kilmarnock, Johnsen was again a big piece of Hearts’ attack, seeing one shot cleared off the line and another just go wide of the target while he could well have had an assist had Jamie Walker finished off following a nifty flick from the striker. Nonetheless, the 25-year-old is in the midst of a spell of good form at the moment, and he’ll look to keep it rolling this weekend when fourth-place Hearts host third-place Aberdeen.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Like Johnsen, Kitchen went the full 180 minutes for Hearts this week. The captain will have been extremely disappointed to watch his team capitulate after taking a 2-0 lead against Dundee, but like his team, he was better in Tuesday’s dominant win and even created one chance that required saving. He’s not the flashiest player, but Kitchen certainly has played a big role as skipper in what’s been a good first half for Hearts.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse, Eredivisie)
The Eredivisie’s winter break began after play on December 18, so Miazga wasn’t in action last week. Eighth-place Vitesse begin the second half of their season at home on January 15 against Twente, who sit one point and one spot ahead of Miazga’s side.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
The Eredivisie’s winter break began after play on December 18, so Payne wasn’t in action last week. Groningen are in 10th place at the halfway point and return to action on January 14 against Heracles, who are a point and a place ahead of Groningen.
Josh Perez (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Once again, Perez was an unused substitute for Fiorentina in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Napoli last Thursday. Fiorentina next plays against Pescara on January 8, and La Viola currently sit in ninth place.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht, Eredivisie)
The Eredivisie’s winter break began after play on December 18, so Rubin wasn’t in action last week. Utrecht sit in sixth place at the halfway point and return to play on January 14 against Sparta Rotterdam.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Ligue 2 began its winter break after play on December 19, so Siebatcheu didn’t see the pitch last week. Reims currently sit in second place, two points behind league-leading Brest. Reims returns to action January 13 against 14th-placed Bourg en Bresse Peronnas.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
With the Swiss Super League on winter break, Stanko will be out of action until early February.