Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron again remained sidelined as he continues to try to recover from injury. He watched from the stands as Stoke lost 4-2 to Chelsea.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers did not make the matchday squad for Spurs’ contest with Southampton, but he was an unused sub on the weekend against Watford. Both fixtures ended in 4-1 wins.
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)
After sitting against Manchester United, Guzan made his third appearance, his first since August, and kept a clean sheet Monday in a goalless draw with Leicester. The keeper did his job well, making four saves on the day as he approaches what looks to be the tail end of his premier league career. It still looks likely that he will be on his way to Atlanta United sometime during this transfer window.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman was not in the Bournemouth squad which lost 3-0 to Swansea, while the U-21 side is off until January 10.
Brooks Lennon (Liverpool)
Liverpool’s U-23 side played to a 4-4 friendly draw with Wigan, but it’s unclear whether or not Lennon was in the squad. The Reds play Bangor City in one more friendly before returning to PL 2 action against Leicester City on January 9.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United)
Olosunde did not make either of the United’s 18-man rosters this week. The reserve side returns to action on January 9.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Arsenal’s U-23 side will return to PL 2 action against Derby County on January 6. However, Zelalem has recently been linked with a potential move to Dortmund. That’s still very up in the air, however, and at the moment, it’s tough to tell if the rumor has any legs. We will let you know as the updates roll in.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj played 180 minutes for Forest this week in a pair of losses, 3-1 to Newcastle and 1-0 to Barnsley. The left back had an interesting fixture in the former, providing an assist and a blunder. With Forest down 1-0, a ball was lofted towards Lichaj in the box, and his attempt to control the effort landed right on the foot of Nicolao Dumitru, who lashed it home from eight yards out, gifting Lichaj an assist. However, in the 65th minute, with the score still knotted up at one but his side down a man, Lichaj — wearing the captain’s armband after the sending off of skipper Matt Mills — did poorly to defend a cross, and his attempt at a headed clearance looped right to Dwight Gayle, who lashed the ball first time into the net to give the Magpies the lead for good. On Monday, Lichaj didn’t have as notable of a game, but he certainly filled the stat sheet, winning six tackles, two aerials, and two dribbles while also recording three shots. The effort came in another loss, but Lichaj’s 7.6 match rating on whoscored.com was the best on his team.
Ream started twice for Fulham this week, but the Cottagers only completed one match, a 2-1 loss to Brighton, with the second against Reading abandoned at 0-0 in the early in the second half due to thick fog. Ream was again used as a centre back but did not shine, winning just two tackles and two aerials in his 90 minutes on the pitch. He did pass at an 87 percent clip, but the pair of goals his defense allowed ultimately did the side in.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
Fulham’s reserve side is on a short break until it faces Stoke City on January 7.
Danny Williams (Reading)
After picking up a yellow card in the previously discussed game with Fulham that was abandoned, Williams was decent, if unspectacular, Monday in a 3-2 Reading win over Bristol City. The central midfielder passed at a stellar 96 percent clip, highest of any player on the pitch, but that was his only notable contribution other than a pair of shots that missed their targets. Nonetheless, the Royals turned a 2-0 deficit into a road victory as they remained in third place in the Championship.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich did not make the Reading senior squad this week, and the U-23s weren’t active.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin put in a solid shift for Newcastle in the aforementioned win over Nottingham Forest before serving as an unused substitute Monday in a 1-0 loss to Blackburn Rovers. In the former, the right back completed 80 percent of his passes, made four tackles, and won three aerials while also picking up a yellow card. Still, he was left on the bench Monday in favor of Vurnon Anita as Rafa Benitez continues to rotate his right backs.
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
Ariyibi played twice for Chesterfield this week, but the League One strugglers couldn’t find the net in either as they lost 1-0 to Port Vale before drawing against MK Dons. In the first, the winger was pulled off after 57 minutes, and he was used as a substitute in the second, coming on in the 66th minute with the Spireites pushing for a goal that never came.
After serving as an unused substitute in Scunthorpe’s 2-1 loss to Bolton on Saturday, Holmes was in the starting lineup for the 1-1 draw with Peterborough on Monday. However, he wasn’t able to have much of an impact on the fixture, getting taken off in the 68th minute with his side ahead a goal, a lead that would ultimately evaporate on an 83rd minute own goal.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
It looks almost certain that Boyd will not be returning to Leipzig after the winter break, but where he will go in this window is still to be determined. Interest has been shown from the MLS, as well as a more recent a link with Huddersfield Town. We will keep you updated with all the latest as Boyd searches for a new side.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
The Bundesliga’s winter break began after play on December 21. Hertha currently sit in third place and begin the second half of their season at Bayer Leverkusen on January 22. For Brooks, the break couldn’t have come at a better time, as he is working to get back fit after injury. He should be ready to take back his spot in the first team when the second half begins.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
The Bundesliga’s winter break began after play on December 21. Frankfurt currently sit in fourth place and begin the second half of their season with a big matchup against second place RB Leipzig on January 21. There are a few rumors surrounding Chandler that he could be on the move, but nothing has materialized yet and he recently signed a contract extension with Eintracht. As always, we will report the news as it breaks.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
The Bundesliga’s winter break began after play on December 21. Werder currently sit in 15th place, three points above the relegation playoff, and begin the second half of their season hosting Borussia Dortmund on January 21.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
The Bundesliga’s winter break began after play on December 21. Gladbach currently sit in 14th place and begin the second half of their season with a big game at Darmstadt on January 21. Johnson is recovering from an achilles injury so, like Brooks, the break came at a good time for the winger, who is struggling for minutes a bit this season.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
The Bundesliga’s winter break began after play on December 21. Ingolstadt currently sit in 17th place, four points from safety, and begin the second half of their season against Schalke on January 21.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
The Bundesliga’s winter break began after play on December 21. Dortmund currently sit in sixth place and begin the second half of their season visiting Werder Bremen on January 21.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
The Bundesliga’s winter break began after play on December 21. Hamburg currently sit in 16th place and begin the second half of their season with an important fixture, visiting Wolfsburg on January 21.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
The 2. Bundesliga’s winter break began after play on December 19. Bochum currently sit in 11th place and begin the second half of their season at Union Berlin on January 27.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart)
Green has completed a move from Bayern Munich to VfB Stuttgart, who currently sit in third place in the 2. Bundesliga after their relegation from the top flight a year ago. Stuttgart resumes play on January 29 with a visit to St. Pauli.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
The 2. Bundesliga’s winter break began after play on December 19. 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. 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. The move hasn’t been announced yet, but it could very well be coming soon, so keep watching this space.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Johnsen played a full 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Aberdeen. The forward could not continue his immaculate recent form and, ultimately, Hearts could not find a breakthrough. They will return to action after a month-long break against Celtic on January 29.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen also logged a full shift for Hearts this week in their aforementioned loss. He recorded a shot, but did little else of note during a defeat that has hampered the side’s chances of finishing third, in a Europa League spot, as Aberdeen have increased their lead to eight points with a game in hand.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse, Eredivisie)
The Eredivisie’s winter break began after play on December 18. 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. 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)
Fiorentina 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. 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. 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)
The Swiss Super League began its winter break after play on December 11. Vaduz currently prop up the table in 10th place. Vaduz returns to action February 5 against FC St. Gallen.