Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
After suffering a hamstring injury late in the first half of Stoke’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United last week, Cameron was unsurprisingly out of the Potters squad that lost 2-1 at Newcastle. It’s unclear as to whether or not he’ll be able to suit up this week, although the injury doesn’t appear to be a long-term issue.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Once again, Hyndman was not in the Bournemouth squad that earned the side’s first win of the season, a 2-1 come-from-behind triumph over Brighton on Friday. The midfielder hasn’t yet played a first-team game for the Cherries this season, but that could change as soon as Tuesday, as manager Eddie Howe has announced that he’s going to make significant changes to the team for this week’s EFL Cup rematch with Brighton.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
For the first time in his career, Williams started a
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin finally made his return from injury this weekend, and perhaps even more importantly, he made it through 90 minutes at right back as Newcastle defeated Stoke 2-1. The 24-year-old wasn’t too busy on the day, though he certainly contributed to the win with four clearances, three tackles, and two interceptions. He also completed 15 of 20 passes attempted and put his only shot attempt of the game wide of the mark. Still, while he wasn’t at his best, the most important thing this weekend for Yedlin was to get back on the pitch, and he can now finally start his 2017-18 season.
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, which means he likely won’t see the field at any level until 2018. However, he has been added to Arsenal’s Europa League squad and looks to be slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch was a substitute in contests for Sunderland this week, first playing the last 20 minutes of the Black Cats’ 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest before entering for the final moments of their 1-1 draw with Hull on the weekend. He wasn’t able to have an impact in either fixture, picking up a yellow card in the latter just a minute after joining the fray. Like Hyndman, he could see a start this week as Sunderland faces Everton in the EFL Cup.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Twice this week, Lichaj was an unused substitute as Forest beat Sunderland 1-0 and lost 2-1 to Wolves.
James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
He didn’t play in either of the senior squad’s games this week, but Murphy did play 90 minutes for the U-23 side on Monday in a 4-1 win over QPR.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream went all 180 minutes for Fulham as the Cottagers beat Hull and lost to Burton, both by 2-1 scorelines. The center back was far better in the win, tallying a whopping nine clearances, but he struggled against Burton, getting beat by a simple over-the-top ball in the buildup to the hosts’ opener and recording just four clearances. Ream has started the season well enough for Fulham, but with the Cottagers stuck in the middle of the table through eight games, he’s going to have to improve.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
Robinson impressed this week for Bolton, starting twice, first in the aforementioned defeat to Sheffield United, then in a 2-0 loss at Ipswich. In the former, the left back was excellent despite coming off in the 75th minute, recording five tackles, two dribbles, and one shot that was blocked. The whole Bolton defensive line struggled on the weekend, but Robinson still managed to fill out the stat sheet with two aerial wins, two dribbles, and a tackle. The loanee looks like he’s at least temporarily earned a spot in the Bolton squad, and he’ll hope to continue his development while earning more first-team minutes moving forward.
Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
After sitting out Dons’ 2-0 loss to Peterborough in the midweek, Ariyibi returned to the squad with a vengeance Saturday, scoring twice in a memorable 3-2 win over Rochdale. The winger equalized for Dons in the 13th minute with a powerful close-range strike before a brilliant second, beating a defender with a clever touch and lashing a thunderbolt from just outside the penalty area (LINK) in the 41st minute. Rochdale would tie the game immediately before a second-half winner from MK Dons, and while that goal didn’t come off Ariyibi’s foot, the win wouldn’t have been possible without his noteworthy contributions.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes started twice this week for Scunthorpe, lasting
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks is sidelined with a thigh injury that will keep him out for three months. He will likely return to action following the Bundesliga’s winter break, but we will keep you informed if anything changes.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler played 90 minutes as a right wingback as Eintracht lost 2-1 at home to Augsburg. The 27-year-old missed the target with all three shots he took, and while he recorded two tackles, he also struggled with the threat of Augsburg left back Phillipp Max, who had a goal and an assist up against Chandler.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Once again, Johannsson wasn’t included in Bremen’s squad that lost 2-1 to Schalke. He doesn’t appear to be in manager Alexander Nouri’s plans moving forward, so the striker will be looking for an out come January.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was an unused sub as Monchengladbach tied 2-2 with RB Leipzig.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie was also an unused substitute in Schalke’s aforementioned win over Bremen.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic appeared twice this week for Dortmund, playing 90 minutes in a Champions League loss to Tottenham before being sent on as a substitute in a 5-0 weekend win over Cologne. The winger couldn’t get much going in the midweek as he was mostly shut down by Spurs’ solid defense, but he did manage four dribbles, two shots, and a goal that was ruled out due to teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being offside. Against Cologne, Pulisic was subbed on with 25 minutes to play and the game already well within Dortmund’s hand. He passed at a 92 percent clip during his limited time on the pitch, though. That all happened before Pulisic turned 19 on Monday, as his youth continues to astonish given what he means to the USMNT setup.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
Stanko was not in the Freiburg side which lost 4-0 to Leverkusen.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood missed Hamburg’s 2-0 loss to Hannover with a
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd did not make the 18-man roster for Darmstadt, who beat Arminia Bielefeld 4-3.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
Though he has been playing well, George was not up to snuff this weekend and was removed after 58 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Dynamo Dresden. The right midfielder won just two aerials and one tackle during his time on the pitch, doing little else of note.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen)
Gipson continues to ride the pine, again serving as an unused sub this week in a 1-0 win over Kaiserslautern.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten has not yet been able to return from his thigh injury and was not in the 18-man roster for Sandhausen’s aforementioned win.
Haji Wright (Sandhausen, on loan from Schalke)
Unlike the previous two, Wright did make the field for Sandhausen, starting and playing an hour before making way for a sub. Wright’s performance was bland, barely filling the stat sheet, with just two dribbles and a dismal 50 percent passing. Sandhausen’s only tally was scored less than 10 minutes after he left the pitch.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, on loan from Stuttgart)
Green seems to be working his way into the lineup well for Greuther Fuerth, playing 90 minutes for the second straight week in a 3-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf. The left winger passed at a 94 percent clip and had five shots on the day. He was not, however, involved directly in any of the goals.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter again was not in the Dusseldorf squad which fell to Greuther Fuerth.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales started for Ingolstadt, who won 4-0 over St. Pauli, but was strangely subbed out after just 25 minutes. There are no reports of an injury, so it appears that this was a straight managerial decision, which does not bode well for midfielder. Morales has started four of Ingolstadt’s six contests this year, so he doesn’t appear to have fallen out of the manager’s graces. We will give you more information when it arises.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath and Brugge were back to winning ways this week with a 2-0 clean-sheet effort against KV Mechelen. After a loss last week in which Horvath could have played better, the keeper appears to be back on track, though it didn’t seem that he was too troubled by the Mechelen offense. The win also boosted Brugge back to first place with 18 out of 21 points.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
Novakovich had a big and busy week for Telstar over two fixtures, scoring twice and providing one assist in a four-day span. First, in a 2-2 draw against Jong AZ, Novakovich got on the end of a flick back across the area, heading home from inside the six-yard box to level the score at one. On Friday, in a 3-2 win over Den Bosch, Novakovich controversially assisted the second goal with a chest control in the area that could have been ruled a handball. Novakovich actually miscontrolled the headed pass, and it luckily fell to a teammate, who smashed it home from close range. The 20-year-old then won the fixture for Telstar by converting a 76th-minute penalty after sending the keeper the wrong way with a slow run up.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne was not in the Rotterdam roster for a 2-1 loss to Heerenveen.
Kenny Saief (Gent, Jupiler League)
Saief suffered a setback to his hernia injury recently and remains out of action. We will keep you informed as more news comes in.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu started and scored for Reims in a 4-2 win over Sochaux. The goal was one of the easiest the striker will ever have, as he tapped home a parried shot into an empty net from six yards out. It was a critical goal, though, as it broke the 1-1 halftime deadlock just 30 seconds into the second period.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
Tall was inserted with just over 20 minutes to play in a 2-0 loss to Paris FC. He couldn’t make a game changing impact, but minutes are critical for the 21-year-old's development, and he continues to get them.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren)
Torres was not in the Lokeren squad for their 1-1 draw with Antwerp.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akale played 64 minutes for Villarreal’s C team in a 1-0 loss to Eldense.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre hasn’t played yet this season due to injury, but the 19-year-old had a big week nonetheless, signing a contract extension that will keep him at Fulham until the 2020 season. The forward also told the club’s website that he is back in training and closing in on a return to action (LINK), so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him back on the pitch within the next few weeks.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Fossey did not play for any of Fulham’s squads this week.
Kyle Gruno (Leicester, Premier League)
Gruno did not play for Leicester’s PL 2 squad this week in a 1-0 loss to Arsenal.
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Klinsmann remains sidelined for the time being with an ankle injury. We will keep you posted as more information rolls in.
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore did not appear for Atletico Levante this week.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Olosunde played a full 90 minutes for United’s PL 2 squad as the Red Devils watched their counterparts from Chelsea turn around a 2-0 deficit to earn a draw.
Joshua Perez (Livorno Calcio, Lega Pro, on loan from Fiorentina)
Perez was an unused substitute in Livorno’s 3-0 win over Alessandria.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
Scott was an unused sub for Koln II in a 1-1 draw with their counterparts from Gladbach.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
Scott did not appear for Chelsea this week.
Joel Sonora (Stuttgart, Bundesliga)
Sonara started and played an hour for Stuttgart II in a 1-0 loss to FSV Frankfurt.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Taitague started for Schalke’s U-19s in a goalless draw with VfL Bochum.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Tillman had a great week for Bayern’s reserves, starting twice and scoring three times in a 2-1 win over Nurnberg II and a 5-0 win over Bayreuth. Though highlights from the latter aren’t easy to find, Tillman did very well with his goal in the former. The striker squeezed between a couple of players in the box before releasing a shot that deflected high over the keeper. The goal itself wasn’t pretty, but the work that led up to the shot certainly was. He then added two goals on the weekend to cap off a stellar stretch.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
It is unclear if Weah appeared for PSG’s reserves in their 4-1 win over Montceau.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Young was again used as a sub for Bremen’s reserves, playing the last half hour in a goalless draw with Hansa Rostock.