Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams is expected back in full training at some point in the next week or so, with a return to game action not far off from that. Without him, Leipzig were held to a 1-1 home draw by Wolfsburg.
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks returned from his hamstring injury when he played in a friendly for Wolfsburg over the international break. However, he was only deemed fit enough for the bench on the weekend, when the Wolves scored in the last 10 minutes to nab a point in Leipzig.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
After a late return from USMNT duty, McKennie was ruled out of Schalke’s game at the weekend due to “muscle problems”. The Royal Blues fell 2-0 to Hoffenheim. The midfielder will hope to be back in the side this weekend when Schalke host their hated rivals, Borussia Dortmund.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
It was a big week for Sargent, who returned from international duty with a start and a goal in Bremen’s 1-1 draw with Hertha. The striker opened the scoring on seven minutes, working a neat one-two with Max Eggestein and sweeping a first-time shot towards goal that took a massive deflection and looped over the keeper and into the net. It’s the 19-year-old’s second tally of the campaign, and while he didn’t do too much else of note during his 74 minutes on the pitch, he did the job he was tasked with extremely effectively on the day.
In a significant change from the way his season has gone to this point, Steffen was quiet on Saturday, making just one easy save to help Fortuna earn their first clean sheet of the league campaign in a 1-0 win over Mainz. It was a slow afternoon for a goalkeeper whose been one of Europe’s busiest so far this year, but the win is what matters for Dusseldorf, who sit in 13th, a point out of the bottom three.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
As he did in their final game before the international break, Pulisic made a major impact off the bench for Chelsea this week. With the Blues locked in a scoreless battle against Newcastle, the forward was brought on and immediately gave the home side a lift. He had one effort saved well by the Magpies keeper after the 21-year-old had kept his balance to control a pass well behind him. Then, he played a major role in the game’s only goal, driving through the midfield and squeezing a ball through to Callum Hudson-Odoi, who kept it moving to Marcos Alonso to score the winner. Pulisic very nearly had an assist a few minutes later, too, sliding for an open Tammy Abraham, whose shot was blocked by an incredibly athletic defensive play from a man we’ll discuss further in a moment. It won’t make him an automatic starter by any stretch, but this kind of performance will be a big boon for Pulisic as he works to settle in England.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
In Newcastle’s loss to Chelsea, Yedlin went the distance in a back five for Newcastle and was impressive throughout. The right back had a team-high four tackles and had one particularly notable defensive play when he charged back to turn aside Abraham’s goal-bound shot, denying Pulisic an assist and keeping his side in the match. The 26-year-old has been solid since returning from injury (though not perfect, as he was a split-second late in closing down Alonso’s shot that found the net) and will feel like the right-back position is his to lose for a Newcastle team that’s currently sitting in 18th place.
Timothy Weah (Lille)
Weah returned to training this week for Lille. It’s hard to know when he’ll be back in contention for minutes, but the 19-year-old is now certainly on the right track. Lille fell 2-1 to Toulouse this weekend.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
Boyd was an unused sub this week for Besiktas, who drew 0-0 with Ankaragucu. Though he was involved heavily in the start of the Turkish side’s season, Boyd has fallen down the depth chart recently.
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
The exact opposite has been true for Dest, who after being on the fringe of the Ajax setup, has burst into the starting XI and this week again displayed why as the right back provided assists on both of his side’s goals in a 2-1 win over RKC Waalwijk. After a goalless first half, Dest got Ajax rolling seconds into the second stretch, creating space to stand a ball up to the back post where Dusan Tadic finished from a tight angle. After RKC equalized, Dest, who was interestingly drifting in from the left side, reacted quickest to a loose ball and poked it to Quincy Promes, who really did the hard work, juking inside and unleashing a rocket off the bar and in. On top of the pair of assists (which can be seen at 4:15 and 7:30 in this video), Dest won four tackles while completing two dribbles and winning two aerials. His 84 percent pass clip wasn’t too shabby either for an outside back with one of the fastest-rising stocks in both the USMNT and (potentially) Dutch player pools moving forward.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
On Friday, Horvath watched from the bench as Brugge beat Royal Excel Mouscron 1-0. He has yet to play in a league or European match since Simon Mignolet settled into the number one role.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover)
Soto did not crack the Hannover 18-man roster this week. Hannover played to a goalless draw with Osnabrueck.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Hamburg sit first in the 2. Bundesliga, and almost all of that work has been done without Wood in the lineup. As such, it was little surprise he watched from the bench on Monday as his team drew Arminia Bielefeld 1-1.
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
Holmes was the first man off the bench for Derby this week, but he entered with his side already down 2-0 in an eventual 3-0 loss to Charlton. Holmes did little of note during his 30 minutes on the pitch. He was not responsible for the third tally, which was an absolute scorcher from deep following a poor turnover by Derby’s center back.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
What more can you ask from a center back besides helping your side to a clean sheet and smashing home a 97th-minute volley to secure a 1-0 win? Well, that’s exactly what Miazga did this week as the left-sided center back in a three-man backline pounced on a falling rebound in the box and put his boot though a volleyed effort that Preston keeper Declan Rudd got a hand to but could not keep out of the back of the net. An easy choice for man of the match, Miazga also won three aerials and completed one dribble while picking up a yellow card on the day. Reading haven’t had a great year, sitting in 20th, but that has been mostly due to an inept offense, with the defense being solidly in the middle of the league.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
It wasn’t a good week for Ream as his side fell 2-0 to Stoke and he was directly responsible to some degree for both tallies. The middle center back in a three-man backline, Ream was marking man-to-man and, despite having a goalside starting position, allowed Tyrese Campbell to run by him, collect a flicked-on
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
After a disastrous start, Wigan won their third in five this past weekend, 1-0 over Nottingham Forest, with Robinson putting in another very solid shift at left back. Despite being out possessed and out shot, Wigan bent but did not break on the backline. Robinson had a game-high six tackles and completed two dribbles as well. Those stats, combined with the low-scoring affair, captured Robinson man-of-the-match honors on whoscored.com with a 7.9 rating. The 22-year-old continues to be one of the best Wigan players this season as the Tics have climbed out of the cellar and up to 18th over the past month.
Chandler was again an unused substitute for Frankfurt, who defeated Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 on Friday.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
After picking up a back injury before the break, Johnson didn’t make the Gladbach squad that lost 1-0 to Borussia Dortmund. He also spoke this week of his desire to eventually make a return to the USMNT fold (LINK).
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Bundesliga)
Despite returning from injury before the international break, Morales was absent from the Fortuna team that beat Mainz 1-0. There’s no update on the midfielder’s status at this moment.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, Bundesliga)
Shelton went as an unused substitute in Paderborn’s 3-0 loss to Koln.
Gboly Ariyibi (Panetolikos, Greek Super League)
Ariyibi started and played the first 55 minutes before being removed for a substitute as Panetolikos played AE Larissa to a 2-2 draw.
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
Cameron went the distance in QPR’s midfield as the Rangers eked out a 3-2 win over host Hull on Saturday.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Stoke City, Championship, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers put in an excellent 90 minutes as Stoke earned their second win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Fulham. The center back garnered plenty of praise and some man-of-the-match honors for his terrific showing.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre did not play for Fulham’s senior side this week, but he did go the distance for the U-23s in a 1-0 loss Monday to Aston Villa (fellow American Indiana Vassilev scored the winner for the Villans).
Lichaj had a day to forget in Hull’s aforementioned 3-2 loss to QPR. The Tigers’ captain had a torrid time handling the pace and power of QPR’s star, Ebere Eze, as he committed a penalty to the Englishman, could have done so again (if a different teammate wasn’t whistled for the foul instead), and had an overall nightmare of an afternoon.
Jann-Christopher George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George started and played the first 55 minutes for Regensburg, coming off just moments before they scored the only goal of a 1-0 win over Sandhausen.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Green went the distance as Fuerth nabbed a 2-0 win over Dynamo Dresden. The central midfielder had a strong match, filling out the stat sheet with five dribbles and four tackles.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford did not make the St. Pauli squad this week as he comes back from injury, though he did play in a couple of friendlies over the international break. St. Pauli lost 1-0 to Darmstadt.
Andrija Novakovich (Frosinone, Serie B)
Novakovich came on as a 67th minute and helped Frosinone turn a scoreless draw into a 1-0 win over Livorno.
Stephen Payne (Portimonense, Primeira Liga)
S. Payne remains outside of the Portimonense 18-man roster.
Desevio Payne (FC Emmen, Eredivisie)
D. Payne also missed the FC Emmen 18-man squad this week.
Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Wright came off in the 56th minute of a game Venlo trailed 4-0 at the time and ended by that same margin.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike went 90 minutes at center back to help Kortrijk to a 2-0 win over Zulte-Waregem.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
As usual, Saief wasn’t in the Anderlecht squad this week.
Phillipe Sandler (Anderlecht, Jupiler League, on loan from Manchester City)
Sandler has been a stalwart in the Anderlecht side this year, but he missed out due to an illness this week. Anderlecht got the job done without him in a 4-1 win over Sint-Truiden.
Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien, Austrian Bundesliga, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown did not make the Wien 18-man roster. His side drew 2-2 with St. Polten.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Moore was an unused sub for Tenerife, who drew 3-3 with Racing Santander.
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland, Danish Super League)
Amon again did not make the Nordsjaelland 18-man roster this week. They beat SønderjyskE Fodbold 4-1.
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Super League)
After missing the final match before the international break due to a yellow-card suspension, Cappis was back in the Hobro lineup and went 90 minutes. Hobro fell 1-0 to Horsens.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Sabbi also missed Hobro’s last match with a yellow-card suspension. He was back this week in their aforementioned loss as well, starting and going 90 minutes at right mid, lined up right next to Cappis, who was in the center of the park.
Yosef Samuel (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Samuel was an unused for Hobro this week.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Polster was an unused sub for Rangers. They drew 1-1 with Hearts.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall, too, was an unused sub. His side lost, however, 2-0 to Hammarby.
Aron Johannsson (Hammarby, Allsvenskan)
That loss helped Johannsson’s Hammarby side move up the table, and Johannsson actually played, being deployed as a sub with 20 minutes to play and his side up 1-0. He was not involved in the second tally.
Jonathan Klinsmann (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Per usual, Klinsmann was an unused sub this week. His side beat Servette 2-1.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch was also an unused sub. Sunderland lost 1-0 to Wycombe.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Kelman’s ankle injury appears to need more than just the international break to heal. He missed the 18-man roster on October 12 in a loss to Wimbledon and also missed the squad this past weekend in a 1-1 draw with Tranmere.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
During the break, Olosunde played 82 minutes in a 2-1 win over Blackpool, picking up a yellow card along the way. This past weekend, he went the distance against Oxford United in a loss by the same scoreline.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Phillips was an unused sub this week in Wycombe’s aforementioned win over Sunderland. He did play a full 90 minutes on October 8 in a Football League Trophy loss to Stevenege.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes went an hour against Queen of the South before being removed for a sub. When he left the score was 1-0, but his side ended up on the wrong end of a 4-0 score when all was said and done.
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 2)
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)
Niko Hamalainen (Kilmarnock, Scottish Premiership, on loan from QPR)
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)