Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Stoke were embarrassingly dumped from the FA Cup by Coventry in the third round, and as such, they were idle this week. On a brighter note, their win last weekend moved them out of the relegation zone with big contests against Watford and Bournemouth coming this week.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Speaking of the Cherries, they too had an early exit in the cup, and like Stoke, they were inactive this week. Though talks of a loan to the Championship or the Scottish Premiership popped up recently for Hyndman, nothing has been set in stone yet, and the Cherries have just a few more days to pull the trigger on a potential move.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
It was a disappointing week for Williams, as he was forced off of Huddersfield’s 1-1 FA Cup draw with Birmingham after just over half an hour. The midfielder took a knock which resulted in a reported dead leg. David Wagner has said the injury doesn’t appear to be serious and that Williams should be back in a couple of weeks, at most. However, it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Terriers, who play Liverpool and Manchester United this week.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin was an unused sub this week for Newcastle as the Magpies fell 3-0 to Chelsea and were bounced from the FA Cup. His absence from the side isn’t a shock, as the right back has been starting to struggle for consistent minutes as of late.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem is recovering from a torn ACL suffered at the U-20 World Cup in May. Initial estimates had him missing up to nine months. However, he looks to be slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery, and he recently returned to training for the first time since suffering the injury. There’s still no estimate on when he’ll return to game action, but the date seems to be approaching quicker than previously expected.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur -> on loan at Ipswich Town)
For the second straight week, Carter-Vickers’s trial by fire at Ipswich continued as he played 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Championship leaders Wolverhampton. The center back won five aerials on the day and passed at an 87 percent clip, but he was part of a back four that was unlocked by Wolves on multiple occasions. Carter-Vickers wasn’t responsible for the tally, which came at the end of a very nice passing move, but
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
After appearing last week for Fulham, de la Torre was left out of the roster which defeated Barnsley 3-1 in the Championship. However, de la Torre did start and score for Fulham’s PL 2 side in a 2-1 loss to West Brom.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream started at center back for Fulham in their aforementioned win against Barnsley, a very heated contest. Ream himself had a quiet day that was made easier when a boneheaded shove in the back by Barnsley’s Dimitri Kevin Cavare saw him sent off on halftime. Barnsley had just eight shots on the day, six of which came before the sending off. Ream also wasn’t responsible for Barnsley’s controversial opener, which was the result of a goalmouth scramble and some potential interference on the keeper. Fulham would find their winner in stoppage time before tacking on another late goal for good measure. Most importantly, the win keeps them in sixth place and the last promotion playoff spot.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
After losing to Middlesbrough in the third round of the FA Cup, Sunderland were inactive this week.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj started and went the distance for Forest, who were knocked out of the FA Cup after a 2-1 loss to Hull City. Lichaj didn’t have his typical attack-minded presence during the fixture, but he defended solidly and wasn’t responsible for either tally. Forest, however, were easily second-best on the day.
James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
Murphy was not in the Wednesday squad which beat Reading 3-1 to advance to the last 16 of the FA Cup.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
Having been eliminated from the FA Cup previously, Bolton did not feature this week.
Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons, on loan to Northampton Town)
Ariyibi was sent on as an 83rd-minute substitute against Blackburn in an eventual 1-1 draw. The attacker was unable to have a match-changing impact and did little of note during his short stint on the pitch.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes logged a full shift for Scunthorpe in a 3-2 League One loss to Southend. For how much action there was in the contest, Holmes was relatively quiet, as he didn’t make an error that led to any of the hosts’ three tallies nor did he find a way onto the scoresheet himself. Scunthorpe still sit in fourth, but have just two points in their past four contests and need to find form to stay in the hunt for promotion.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks was not in the Wolfsburg roster which fell 1-0 to Hannover. He still has yet to fully recover from a knee injury, but the hope is he will be ready soon.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler started and provided a major assist for Eintracht in a huge 2-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach. The left wing-back maneuvered his way past his defender and to the endline, where he squared a low, hard ball to Kevin-Prince Boateng, who tapped it home from just a few yards out to put Frankfurt ahead in the 43rd minute. Chandler also won three tackles and an aerial on the day, and his 8.1 whoscored.com match rating was good enough for man-of-the-match honors. The win was critical, too, as Eintracht now sit in fourth place and a Champions League spot, and they are only one point out of
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson made another substitute appearance for Werder this week, entering with just two minutes to play in an eventual goalless draw with Hertha Berlin. The forward did little of note during his very short time on the field. It was just his fourth Bundesliga appearance of the season, which have combined for a total of 15 minutes of play.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was not in the Monchengladbach 18-man roster for their aforementioned loss to Eintracht.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
After suffering a partial tear of his MCL on January 21, McKennie has been ruled out for about six weeks. We will keep you informed as more details come in.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic started and played 67 minutes for Dortmund before being removed for a substitute in a 2-2 draw with Freiburg. The right winger’s struggles to get on the scoresheet continued this week, though he did complete two dribbles and win two aerials. The 19-year-old is clearly experiencing some growing pains as sixth-place Dortmund — who have now drawn three straight contests — fight to stay in the UCL race.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
Stanko was an unused sub for Freiburg in their aforementioned draw with Dortmund.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood didn’t have a massive impact during Hamburg’s 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig, but he did play a crucial role in his side’s lone goal, which tied the score on the half-hour mark. The striker dropped deep and beat a defender to flick on a forward pass that Gedion Jung then played to Filip Kostic, who rounded the Leipzig keeper to equalize. Other than that, Wood was fairly quiet, seeing his only shot blocked and winning just three of eight aerials. He also won two tackles before being substituted in the 77th minute. While the away point against a Champions League-quality side is a good result for Hamburg, the club still sits 17th in the Bundesliga and hasn’t won since November.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd was on the bench for Darmstadt’s first game of the second half, which was abandoned at halftime with the Lillies tied 0-0 with Kaiserslautern when FCK boss Jeff Strasser suffered a heart attack (he’s expected to make a full recovery). On the weekend, Boyd was a 78th-minute substitute and won one aerial as Darmstadt beat St. Pauli 1-0 to move up to 16th in the table.
McKinzie Gaines (Darmstadt)
Gaines didn’t make either of Darmstadt’s squads this week.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
George started twice as Regensburg earned a win and a draw to begin the second half of the campaign. It wasn’t a terrific week, however, as George didn’t get on the scoresheet in their 2-2 draw with Nurnberg and was withdrawn at the midway point of Regensburg’s second game with his side down 2-0 before a stellar comeback nabbed a 3-2 win over Ingolstadt. In the latter, George picked up a yellow card and did little else of note. During the week, he was much more involved, but the winger missed the target with all three of his shot attempts. He did record two tackles. Regensburg now sit in seventh in the second division table.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen)
Gipson suffered a broken leg in training over Sandhausen’s winter break during a collision with a teammate. He is not expected to play again this season.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten did not appear in either of Sandhausen’s squads this week as they drew Ingolstadt 0-0 before beating Dynamo Dresden this week. The forward has been limited to just 30 minutes of first-team action this season by injury.
Haji Wright (Sandhausen, on loan from Schalke)
Likewise, Wright hasn’t been included in recent Sandhausen squads, although there’s no known injury that’s led to his prolonged absence.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, on loan from Stuttgart)
Fuerth ground out a pair of 0-0 draws this week against Arminia Bielefeld and Holstein Kiel, with Green going the distance in both. Against Bielefeld, he lined up as a central attacking midfielder and had his only shot blocked, finishing with three aerial wins and two tackles, although he was dispossessed four times. The story was slightly different on Saturday, as Green played as a left winger and had three shots (one on target), but he wasn’t able to make the difference for Fuerth, who sit in 17th place, two points back of Darmstadt.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
League-leading Dusseldorf beat Erzgebirge Aue 2-1 and Kaiserslautern 3-1 in their first two games of the second half, and Kiesewetter wasn’t included in the squad for either.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales played twice and made his presence felt for Ingolstadt this week, but a scoreless draw with Sandhausen and the aforementioned 3-2 loss to Regensburg have dropped Ingolstadt back into sixth place. In the clash with Sandhausen, Morales was involved, though not stellar: he finished with three shots (two off target) and won five of eight aerials attempted. On the weekend, however, the midfielder got Ingolstadt off to a flying start with a deft long-distance header from a free kick in the third minute for his third goal of the season. Morales was heavily involved in the remainder of the contest, too, recording six aerial wins, five blocks, and three clearances, but he was also one of a few players who could have done far better to prevent Regensburg’s second or third as the hosts charged back to win with three goals in the last 12 minutes.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
It was a worrying week for Horvath as he once again did not make either of Brugge’s squads, which beat
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
A week after he was caught on camera inappropriately touching an opponent, Miazga surprisingly started for Vitesse as he avoided a suspension for the incident. The center back put in another solid display in a 2-1 win over PEC Zwolle, tallying seven clearances, two tackles, and two aerial wins while contributing two key passes in the attack. With the ugly incident of last week behind him, Miazga will look to continue trending upwards as sixth-place Vitesse chase a European position.
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore was an unused substitute as Levante scored twice late to earn a 2-2 draw at Deportivo La Coruna.
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
Once again, Novakovich was subbed out in stoppage time after playing a role in Telstar’s 2-1 win over Jong AZ. The center forward wasn’t involved in either of Telstar’s goals but was heavily included in the linkup play all game long. Novakovich remains on 11 goals this season, while Telstar still sit in fourth place, four points back of third but just six behind the league leaders.
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Parks didn’t make the Benfica senior squad that drew Belenenses 1-1, and the B squad plays Tuesday.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne is still recovering from an abdominal injury that kept him out for the end of 2017. As such, he didn’t make the Excelsior squad that beat Roda 2-1.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, on loan from Gent, Jupiler League)
After making his club debut last week, Saief’s second week with his new time was eventful, to say the least. In a 2-2 draw with Waasland-Beveren on Wednesday, Saief went from hero to goat in a hurry. With his team trailing in the 83rd minute, Saief charged in at the far post and volleyed home a cross (which begins around 2:20 in this video) to level the game at two. Later, though, presented with a golden chance to win the game from the penalty spot in stoppage time. Saief hit a low, weak penalty that was easily saved to hold Anderlecht to a point. Then, on Sunday, Saief tallied an assist on Sofiane Hanni’s second of three goals in a 3-3 draw with Standard Liege. The helper came on an excellent long ball forward into Hanni’s path to equalize the game at two in the 41st minute. With his injury woes behind him, Saief seems to be enjoying life at his new club; while this week wasn’t perfect, it was a very good one nonetheless.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu played 87 minutes for Reims in a 1-0 loss to Lorient on Monday. The defeat ends both a seven-game winning run in Ligue 2 play and an 11-game unbeaten streak. Reims still sit 10 points clear atop the second-division table.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
Tall wasn’t included in Tours’ 18-man squads that lost to Metz in the Coupe de France before falling 2-1 to AC Ajaccio in the league.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Jupiler League)
Torres was not in either of Lokeren’s squads this week as they lost to Gent 2-1 and beat Oostende 3-2. He was recently invited to a youth USMNT camp, but it is unclear whether or not that is what’s keeping him from playing for Lokeren at the moment.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akale did not appear for Villarreal B, and it is unclear if he played for the C team in their goalless draw with Rayo Ibense.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Fossey started and played 54 minutes for Fulham’s PL 2 side in their aforementioned loss to West Brom, his first appearance of the season.
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
After sitting on the bench for the senior side last week, Klinsmann was not in the Hertha roster this time around. Hertha II resume play February 4.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Olosunde was an unused sub for United’s PL 2 team side which lost 3-1 to Spurs.
Joshua Perez (Livorno Calcio, Lega Pro, on loan from Fiorentina)
Perez again made a substitute appearance for Livorno, coming on after 67 minutes in a 1-0 win over Alessandria Calcio.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
Koln’s youth teams don’t return to play until February, and Scott did not appear in the senior squad this week.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
Scott played 180 minutes for Chelsea’s PL 2 team this week, going the distance in a 3-0 Checkatrade Trophy quarterfinal win over Oxford on Tuesday before returning to PL 2 action with 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Everton on Monday.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Schalke’s reserve sides are still on their winter break and return to play in early February.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Tillman didn’t play for Bayern’s reserves in either of their Premier League International Cup defeats last week, which came to Arsenal by a 5-2 scoreline and to Porto by a 1-0 margin.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
PSG II were inactive this week, and it’s unclear whether or not Weah played for the U-19s, who drew their counterparts from Orleans 1-1.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Young was taken off in the 62nd minute of the Bremen reserve team’s 1-0 defeat to Karlsruher.