Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams is back in training but hasn’t been able to return to game action for Leipzig as he progresses in his rehab from an adductor injury. There’s no timetable for him to return to the pitch. Leipzig tasted defeat this weekend for the first time all season, falling 3-1 at home to Schalke, and are now in a five-way tie for second place in the Bundesliga table a point behind Bayern Munich.
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
With Brooks sidelined as he rehabs a hamstring injury, Wolfsburg went to Mainz and eked out a 1-0 away win. Like with Adams, there’s currently no expectation on when Brooks will be back in action for Wolfsburg. The Wolves are one of just two teams, along with Bayern, who have yet to lose a league game this year.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie went the distance in Schalke’s aforementioned win over Leipzig. Playing as a right-sided midfielder, the versatile 21-year-old wasn’t too busy, as he wasn’t involved in any of the game’s four goals and finished with just 44 touches of the ball as Leipzig dominated possession. Importantly, though, McKennie contributed to a solid defensive effort, winning three tackles and two clearances against an opponent that entered the weekend as the Bundesliga’s top side. Since starting their season with a draw and a loss in league play, Schalke have rattled off four consecutive wins and now sit in fourth place.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent earned another start for Bremen, and he took advantage of it, recording an assist and helping Werder to a 2-2 away draw at Borussia Dortmund. The 19-year-old striker led the line for Bremen and made a difference early in the second half, when he beat his marker to a near-post corner and flicked it on for Marco Friedl to nod in at the back stick. He was active throughout the contest as well, tallying three shots (one on target) and leading the Werder press from the front. It’s no surprise that manager Florian Kohfeldt — who spent time this week trying to
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Manchester City)
Once again, Dusseldorf slumped to a late, heartbreaking 2-1 defeat, this time falling at home to Freiburg. And, once again, Steffen will hold his head high after another terrific performance in the Fortuna net. Dusseldorf had twice as many shots as Freiburg, so Steffen wasn’t nearly as busy as he’s been through the rest of Fortuna’s early slate and in fact made just one save. However, the stop he did make was a memorable one as he stonewalled Lucas Holer from the penalty spot with the game tied at one midway through the second half. It wasn’t a good penalty from Holer, but Steffen nonetheless did well to guess the correct direction and hold the effort. There was also little the 24-year-old could do on either of Freiburg’s goals, scored from a back-post tap-in and a curling long-range belter that won Freiburg the game in the final 10 minutes. Dusseldorf haven’t won since the opening day of the season, but Steffen’s spectacular form is showing no signs of diminishing.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Pulisic did earn some minutes this week, going the distance in the midweek as Chelsea hammered fourth-division side Grimsby Town 7-1 in the EFL Cup. The winger had a decent game as well, as he repeatedly got himself into dangerous attacking positions only to see his teammates look for other options. He also contributed an assist on the sixth Chelsea goal, keeping the ball alive and moving it to Michy Batshuayi, who finished for his second of the day. However, despite an improvement in that contest, the 21-year-old was once again back on the bench and served as an unused substitute in Chelsea’s weekend fixture, a 2-0 win over Brighton. Former USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann said Monday that Pulisic needs to find his “nasty” side if he’s to win the minutes he’s fighting for at the moment; he should get his chances moving forward, but he’s going to have to make the most of them.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
It was better late than never this weekend for Yedlin, who made his season debut as a 74th-minute substitute for Newcastle on Sunday at Leicester. Unfortunately for Yedlin, the game was well and truly decided by the time he entered the pitch, as the Magpies had already played 30 minutes with 10 men, during which time they watched a 1-0 deficit balloon into a 4-0 game. One more Leicester goal would come after Yedlin’s introduction as the Foxes finished off a 5-0 thumping. Yedlin completed his only two pass attempts and his lone tackle. Now finally healthy, the 26-year-old will hope to earn his first start of the campaign when Newcastle hosts Manchester United on Sunday.
Timothy Weah (Lille)
There were some indications that Weah would be in contention to return to the pitch this past week for Lille, but the winger suffered a setback prior to his side’s home match with Strasbourg in the midweek and is now sidelined again. There’s no real expectation on when he’ll be back in action. Without the 18-year-old, Lille beat Strasbourg 2-0 and drew 1-1 with Nice. Lille sit fourth in the Ligue 1 table through eight games.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
On one hand, Boyd got back into the Besiktas squad this week; on the other, his side was smacked 4-1 by Trabzonspor, and the right winger only made it to halftime before being replaced by a sub. Despite playing just 45 minutes, Boyd was dispossessed a game-high four times and did little else to fill the stat sheet. Normally one of the more powerful teams in Turkey, Besiktas have had a miserable start to the season with five points in six games and currently sit perched just above the relegation zone.
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
Dest continues his run in the Ajax first team as he logged minutes in both of their Eredivisie games this week, a 5-0 win over Sittard and a 2-0 triumph over Groningen. In the former, Dest started and went 78 minutes before being removed for a sub. He completed two dribbles and passed at an 89 percent clip. He started on the bench on the weekend against Groningen but was thrown onto the pitch in a goalless game with 25 minutes to play. Ajax would score twice with the 18-year-old in the game to keep them atop the tight Eredivisie table. Dest didn’t have the standout performances this week that he showed in recent matches, but he remains a big part of the Ajax defensive line and has fresher legs than his competition at right back, Noussair Mazraoui, heading into a Champions League clash with Valencia on Wednesday.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
It’s been very quiet for Horvath since the addition of Simon Mignolet, but the 24-year-old netminder got his first run in a while for Brugge in a 3-0 Belgian Cup win over fourth-tier club Francs Borains. If it wasn’t already clear, Horvath has been relegated to bench duty, and given it was fourth-tier opposition, he probably wasn’t challenged too much in the contest. On the weekend, he was back on the bench as Mignolet started in a 5-0 league win over Mechelen. Brugge are in first place in the Jupiler League.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover)
Soto again missed the Hannover roster for their 4-0 loss to Nurnberg. Nothing new has come out about a potential injury that is sidelining the 19-year-old, who has played just once all season.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood was an unused sub for Hamburg, who drew 2-2 with Jahn Regensburg this week. Wood has played just 23 minutes this season over three substitute appearances.
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
Holmes got Derby rolling this week, providing an assist on their opening tally in a 3-2 win over Birmingham. The central midfielder picked a lazy pass and with one touch drove down the right flank before centering for Chris Martin, who wrong-footed the keeper with his finish. Moments later, Holmes nearly helped Derby score an identical goal, streaking down the right-hand side and crossing again, but the finish was not on target. Holmes also picked up a yellow card on the day and was removed in stoppage time with his side up a goal.
Miazga made his return from injury this week as the Royals drew with Wolves 1-1 in the EFL Cup but were eliminated on penalties. The Royals’ backline did well to limit the Premiership side’s chances, and the only goal Wolves scored came from a terrible keeping mistake on a long shot that should have easily been saved. Miazga also buried a penalty kick in the shootout to keep his side alive after two teammates who shot before both flubbed their chances. However, the performance wasn’t good enough to merit a spot in the roster on the weekend against Swansea in a game that ended in a 1-1 draw.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream took up his spot in the center of defense for Fulham this week as his side kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Wigan. Fulham smothered their visitors, outshooting them 21-5 and dominating in all facets. Ream had 91 percent pass accuracy and won a pair of aerials on the day. It wasn’t a massive defensive performance by any means, but his side did the job at hand despite only confirming the win by scoring the second with seven minutes to play. Fulham sit in 10th place but are right in the thick of the early race, sitting just four points off the leaders, West Bromwich Albion.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
Unfortunately for Robinson, he was on the other end of a 21-5 shot deficit against Ream’s Fulham. Robinson wasn’t responsible for either concession, though, and even cleared away a sure-fire goal resulting from a rebound in the second half. The left back was also visibly upset after Wigan failed to clear their lines following a free kick, which led to the opening tally. Despite the offensive ineptitude, Robinson completed a game-high three dribbles, accounting for almost half of his team’s marks in that column. It’s been a really rough go for the 21st-place side, which has eight points in nine games.
Chandler was a 77th-minute substitute this week, entering with Eintracht 2-0 ahead of Union Berlin in a game they’d go on to win 2-1. The 29-year-old wasn’t involved in the goal his team conceded after he entered the pitch.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Once again, Johnson was kept out of the Gladbach 18-man squad this week. His team went to Hoffenheim and grabbed a big 3-0 win. There’s a little bit of clarity as to why Johnson has missed out as well, as it was reported that a slight back injury is what’s caused the versatile veteran to miss out over the past few weeks. There’s no timetable on a potential return.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Bundesliga)
Morales is back in training as he recuperates from the groin injury he picked up during the international break. The midfielder may not be ready for this weekend’s trip to Hertha Berlin, but he should be back in the lineup in the not-too-distant future.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, Bundesliga)
Shelton made his Bundesliga debut this week, coming on with the spotlight shining as Paderborn, trailing 3-2, searched for a late winner against Bayern Munich. That goal never came, and Shelton’s impact was muted in his five-plus minute stint on the pitch. Still, it’s a huge moment for the 26-year-old forward, and he’ll now look for more minutes as Paderborn (who currently sit at the bottom of the table) attempt to move away from the drop zone.
Gboly Ariyibi (Panetolikos, Greek Super League)
Ariyibi got another start for Panetolikos this week, going the first 84 minutes of a 2-0 loss to Atromitos. The winger picked up a yellow card moments before he left the pitch.
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
Cameron played as a right-sided center back in the middle of a five-man defense as QPR lost 2-0 to visiting West Brom. The 34-year-old picked up a yellow card. He wasn’t responsible for either of West Brom’s tallies.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Stoke City, Championship, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Stoke’s miserable start to the season continued this week as the Potters lost on penalties in the EFL Cup to Crawley Town before falling 3-2 in Championship action to Nottingham Forest. Carter-Vickers was a 64th-minute substitute in the former, entering when a teammate was sent off, and he went the distance in the latter, though he had an up-and-down contest and perhaps could have prevented two (or even all three) of Forest’s goals on another day. Stoke have just two points through nine matches and prop up the Championship table.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre didn’t play for Fulham’s senior side or their PL2 squad this week.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj went 90 minutes at right back as Hull played to a 2-2 draw against Cardiff City. The 30-year-old had a solid showing, tallying five tackles and seven clearances in the match. Hull sit in 16th with 10 points from their first nine games.
Jann-Christopher George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George played 70 minutes as Regensburg drew 2-2 with Hamburg. The midfielder picked up a yellow card early and came off with his side up 1-0 before a wild final 20-plus minutes.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Fuerth lost 3-0 at home to Holstein Kiel. Green went the distance in the contest but was kept mostly quiet by a Kiel side that jumped out of the relegation zone with the victory.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford was back in the St. Pauli squad this week, though he went as an unused substitute in his side’s 2-0 win over Sandhausen.
Andrija Novakovich (Frosinone, Serie B)
Novakovich played twice for Frosinone this week, going the distance and assisting his side’s only goal in a 3-1 midweek loss to Perugia (footage of the assist is proving difficult to find) before coming off the bench as a 60th-minute substitute in a 1-1 draw with Cosenza.
Stephen Payne (Portimonense, Primeira Liga)
S. Payne did not make the 18 for Portimonense’s 1-0 home loss to Braga.
Desevio Payne (FC Emmen, Eredivisie)
D. Payne also was held out of his side’s 18-man squad. Emmen defeated ADO Den Haag by a 3-0 margin.
Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Wright played all 90 minutes as Venlo lost 3-0 to Heerenveen. The striker had a chance to get his side back into the match on 24 minutes after he won a spot kick, but his penalty was saved (LINK), and Heerenveen maintained its two-goal lead that would eventually grow to three.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike was an unused substitute in Kortrijk’s 3-1 midweek Belgian Cup win over RFC Seraing before playing the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Gent on the weekend.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief remains out of the Anderlecht squad, missing both squads for a 3-2 Belgian Cup win over Beerschot Wilrijk and a goalless Jupiler League draw with Waasland-Beveren.
Phillipe Sandler (Anderlecht, Jupiler League, on loan from Manchester City)
Sandler, on the other hand, went 180 minutes in those two aforementioned matches and seems to be settled into the starter’s role ahead of player-manager Vincent Kompany. It will be interesting to see what will happen with Kompany as his seat might be getting hot with Anderlecht sitting 13th with six points.
Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien, Austrian Bundesliga, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown started twice this week and twice made way in the second half with his team behind; Wien would lose both contests, 5-2 in the Cup to Swarovski Tirol and 4-1 on the weekend to powerhouse Red Bull Salzburg.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
After getting his first start last week, Moore returned to the bench this week for Tenerife, who beat Lugo 4-1.
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland, Danish Super League)
Amon did not make the Nordsjaelland 18-man roster this week. His side fell 3-1 to AGF.
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Cappis started, provided an assist, and went the distance for Hobro this week in a 2-1 loss to Lyngby. Cappis swung in a freekick that was headed home to pull one back very late for Hobro. He also picked up a yellow card on the day.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Sabbi had a similar story to Cappis minus the assist. He went all 90 minutes in their loss to Lyngby and also picked up a yellow card.
Samuel made it a trio of Americans to appear in the contest for Hobro when he subbed on with seven minutes to play and his side down a goal. His side moved the needle on Cappis’ aforementioned assist but could not complete the comeback.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Polster again missed a pair of Rangers squads as his side advanced to the semifinal of the Scottish League Cup with a 1-0 win over Livingston and smacked Aberdeen 5-0 in the league.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall came on in the 73rd and 72nd minutes this week, respectively, as his side notched a pair of wins, 3-0 over Helsingborg and 1-0 over Eskilstuna.
Aron Johannsson (Hammarby, Allsvenskan)
Johannsson made a quick return from injury for Hammarby, subbing on at halftime in the midweek and helping his side score three after the break in a 3-1 win over Sirius. He did not make their 18-man roster on Monday, however, in a 5-1 win over Orebro.
Jonathan Klinsmann (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Klinsmann was twice an unused sub this week for St. Gallen, who beat Sion and Thun, 2-1 and 4-0 respectively.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch sat as his side advanced to the Fourth Round of the EFL Cup with a 1-0 win over top-tier Sheffield United but returned to the lineup on the weekend for a 2-1 League One win over MK Dons. Gooch did all but finish the match, being removed in second-half stoppage time. Sunderland are in fifth and look a decent bet to mount a real promotion charge.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Kelman got the start this week for Southend, but he rolled his ankle on 20 minutes and had to be removed for a substitute in an eventual 1-0 loss to Accrington Stanley. The injury doesn’t seem too severe, but he has been ruled out of Southend’s Football League Trophy match on Tuesday night against Brighton’s U-21s.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
Olosunde was subbed on with half an hour to play and his side down 1-0 to Bristol Rovers, a scoreline that would hold. The fullback could not move the needle for his side.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Phillips started and logged 84 minutes for Wycombe, leaving with his side ahead and the final scoreline of 3-0 already on the board in a win over Rochdale. Phillips played a part in Wycombe’s second, too, with his long throw being headed in by Adebayo Akinfenwa.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes went the distance as Dundee hammered Greenock Morton 6-0 in the Scottish Championship. Dundee sit tied for first with six wins and a draw in seven matches so far.
Taylor Booth (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Malik Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Quincy Butler (Hoffenheim, Bundesliga)
Maxi Dietz (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Niklas Dossmann (Mainz, Bundesliga)
Michael Edwards (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Uly Llanez (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Sidney Friede (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Mike Grimm (Augsburg, Bundesliga)
Maurice Malone (Augsburg, Bundesliga)
Matthew Hoppe (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Noah Jones (RB Leipzig, Bundesliga)
Mason Judge (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Tom Kanowski (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, Bundesliga)
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga)
Brady Scott (Koln, Bundesliga)
Pablo Soares (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Stuart Ritchie (Hannover, 2. Bundesliga)
Roberto Hategan (Nurnberg, 2. Bundesliga)
Tyler Taber (Nurnberg, 2. Bundesliga)
Ian Hoffmann (Karlsruher, 2. Bundesliga)
Giona Leibold (Wehen Wiesbaden, 2. Bundesliga)
Travian Sousa (Hamburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Justin Butler (Ingolstadt, 3. Liga)
Jalen Hawkins (Ingolstadt, 3. Liga)
Brandon Austin (Tottenham, Premier League)
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal, Premier League)
Ivan Jara (Crystal Palace, Premier League)
Chituru Odunze (Leicester City, Premier League)
Owen Otasowie (Wolves, Premier League)
Matteo Ritaccio (Liverpool, Premier League)
Kyle Scott (Newcastle, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham, Premier League)
Jonathan Tomkinson (Norwich, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Premier League)
Ethan Wady (Chelsea, Premier League)
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Damian Las (Fulham, Championship)
Augustus McGiff (Reading, Championship)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Jack Imperato (Villarreal, La Liga)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
Kosuke Ide (Leganes, La Liga)
Rayshaun McGann (Getafe, La Liga)
Andre Costa (Rayo Vallecano, Segunda Division)
Cade Hagan (Sporting Gijon, Segunda Division)
Sam Shashoua (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Leo Sepuvleda (Salamanca, Segunda Division B)
Matteo Carbone (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Kaile Auvray (Lille, Ligue 1)
Niko Gioacchini (Caen, Ligue 1)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Johan Gomez (Porto, Primeira Liga)
Patrick Leal (Sporting, Primeira Liga)
Jamie Dunning (Sparta Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Chris Gloster (PSV, Eredivisie)
Richie Ledezma (PSV, Eredivisie)
Alex Mendez (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Joshua Pynadath (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Coby Sultan (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Cameron Harper (Celtic, Scottish Premiership)
Nebiyou Perry (Ostersund FK, Sweden)
Zico Bailey (FC Helsingor, Danish Second Division)
Aydan Bowers (FC Helsingor, Danish Second Division)
Jeremy Rafanello (FC Helsingor, Danish Second Division)
Chris Durkin (Sint-Truidense V.V., Jupiler League, on loan from D.C. United)
Isaiah Young (Union St. Gilloise, Belgian First Division B, on loan from Werder Bremen)
Raphael Iacovelli (FC Lugano, Swiss Super League)