Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
A few days after Adams went the distance in a scoreless draw with Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig announced that he would miss the weekend’s match against Werder Bremen and this week’s Champions League first-leg tie at Tottenham with a calf injury. It’s a really tough break for the midfielder, who turned 21 this week but won’t be able to take part in what would be his first ever Champions League match. He’ll hope the injury doesn’t keep him out for long. Leipzig earned a straightforward 3-0 home win this week over Werder Bremen.
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
With injuries and suspensions creating a void in the center of Wolfsburg’s defense, Brooks was restored to the starting XI this week and helped the Wolves to a 3-2 away win over Hoffenheim. Brooks didn’t do much in the match statistically, tallying three clearances and little of anything else, and he was also among the guilty parties on Hoffenheim’s opener as he was skinned by Andrej Kramaric, whose cross was headed home by Christoph Baumgartner. Still, the 27-year-old can take heart from the fact that he helped his side
Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Chandler jumps into the List this week, but it wasn’t a good one for he or his Eintracht teammates, who traveled to Dortmund and were thrashed 4-0. Playing right wing, Chandler went the full 90 minutes but was mostly ineffective, missing the net with his only shot attempt and finishing with the fewest touches of any outfield player to go the distance. He also probably could have been closer to his man on Dortmund’s fourth goal, as a loose ball came to Raphael Guerreiro at the top of the box, and he evaded Chandler’s mark to score. The blame for the defeat will be shared, though, as Chandler’s shot was Eintracht’s only one in a match they were thoroughly dominated in. Up next is a huge Europa League Round of 32 tie with Salzburg.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie went the distance as one of two dual No. 8s in Schalke’s 4-4-2 diamond system as the Royal Blues played to a scoreless draw against Mainz. The 21-year-old was most notable jumping into the attack, as he had two very good opportunities among his three shots, perhaps Schalke’s two best chances of the match, and he’ll be disappointed that he didn’t put either away. He didn’t contribute much else in the contest. Schalke sit in sixth ahead of a massive match this weekend at home against RB Leipzig.
Morales had a rough time as Dusseldorf lost a local derby by a 4-1 margin to Borussia Monchengladbach. He was among those who could have done better to prevent each of Gladbach’s first three goals, and he certainly shouldn’t have been shrugged off so easily in the run up to the third one (which gave Gladbach cushion) before the shot deflected in off his toe. He otherwise had an okay match, tallying four aerial wins, three tackles, and a 91 percent pass completion rate, but the poor defensive effort will be disappointing as Dusseldorf continue to languish in the Bundesliga’s relegation playoff position.
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Manchester City)
Steffen ramines sidelined with a knee injury. He went to Manchester this week for examination from his parent club, which is obviously a concerning sign for the keeper. His status is certainly extremely up-in-the-air at the moment.
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund)
Reyna came on seconds after Dortmund scored their final goal in the aforementioned 4-0 win over Frankfurt. He did little of note in his 15-minute run-out, completing one dribble and connecting on eight of 10 passes. Ahead of a busy week that includes a UCL match against Paris Saint-Germain and a big league tie against struggling Bremen, Reyna will hope for more minutes as he continues to take his early steps in senior football.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent came on in the 65th minute of Werder’s previously mentioned 3-0 defeat to Leipzig. All of the goals had been scored when the striker entered the pitch, and he couldn’t swing the tie in his side’s favor. He recorded one dribble and was dispossessed twice during his stint on the pitch. Bremen have lost four in a row and sit in 17th place in the Bundesliga table.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Pulisic wasn’t quite ready for Chelsea’s match on Monday, which ended in a 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester United. The forward will hope to be back in time for this weekend’s massive London derby with Tottenham.
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa)
Vassilev once again did not make the Aston Villa squad this week. His side fell agonizingly, stumbling late in a 3-2 loss to Tottenhan.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
It wasn’t a great week for Yedlin, who was dropped from the Newcastle side for their 4-0 defeat to Arsenal. Yedlin hasn’t been great as of late, and after a poor showing last week in an FA Cup replay win over Oxford United, Yedlin is clearly locked in a battle for playing time with Valentino Lazaro.
Timothy Weah (Lille)
It seemed that Weah took a massive step forward as he finally returned from injury, subbing on for the final 10 minutes of a 2-1 loss to second-placed Marseille. The winger didn’t do much of note during his cameo, but he then announced on Instagram after the game that he had reinjured the hamstring that has kept him out nearly all season. Lille threw away a 1-0 lead in a poor-five minute stretch in the second half, dropping critical points to OM. There’s no news on how much time Weah will miss with this new problem, but it’s a big blow regardless.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
Boyd entered with 15 minutes to play and his side down 1-0, a scoreline that would hold in a loss to Istanbul Basaksehir. Boyd did little positive of note during his time on the pitch, completing less than 50 percent of his passes and picking up a yellow card. Despite sitting in seventh, Besiktas are just eight points off first place, so they are well in range of both Champions League and Europa League spots for next season.
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
Dest logged 180 minutes this week for Ajax as the Dutch powerhouse ran out twice as 3-0 winners, beating Vitesse to advance to the KNVB Cup semi-final and Waalwijk in the league. The Ajax defense wasn’t tested too heavily in either contest, and due to having the lead in both contests, Dest didn’t have to press forward too often. The pair of quiet performances isn’t all bad though, as Dest is doing his job consistently in a well oiled machine. Bayern Munich seem to be keen on bringing the young right back to Germany next season, and more news on that front doesn’t seem too far off.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood was not in the 18-man roster for Hamburg, who drew Hannover 1-1. Unless something drastic changes,
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
Holmes didn’t have a good week, as after logging a full 90 minutes in a 3-2 loss to Bristol City, the midfielder had to be removed on the weekend against Huddersfield in the first half with an ankle injury. Holmes will need further tests before it will be known how much time he will miss. Against Bristol City, Holmes was decently solid in the center of the park, recording three dibbles and three tackles while passing at an 89 percent clip, and having a couple of shots.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga picked up an ankle injury against Cardiff on January 25. Initial prognostications had him missing four to six weeks. We will provide updates on the Royals defender as they come in.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream and Fulham were exposed this week, conceding four in two games, earning one point in a 1-1 draw with Millwall and losing 3-1 to Barnsley. Ream was partially responsible for the Millwall tally, losing the first header in the area, and after the ball pinballed around, it was turned in. They would have lost if it wasn’t for a horribly taken penalty which was blasted over the bar. On the weekend, Ream and keeper Marek Rodák had awful communication on a long ball, and a slight collision stopped Rodák from catching the ball cleanly. In response, Rodák committed a foul, and the subsequent penalty went for Barnsley’s opening tally. Ream wasn’t responsible for either of the other goals, but had another awful communication moment with Rodák that led to Barnsley’s second, though that has to go down much more on the keeper for being caught in no-man's land. Fulham still sit third, but it’s a harsh blow to lose to the bottom side by two.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
There may be something strange going on with Robinson as he hasn’t appeared for Wigan since his failed move to AC Milan. Still, nothing has come out about a potential injury. Wigan played to a pair of 2-2 draws this week.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Johnson was an unused substitute in Gladbach’s aforementioned 4-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf. The win keeps Gladbach in fourth in a tight Bundesliga race.
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
Cameron returned from his two-game suspension by playing 180 minutes this week as QPR drew Swansea 0-0 before beating the veteran midfielder’s old club Stoke 4-2. The 34-year-old was solid in the two matches, though he wasn’t directly involved in any of the goals against the Potters. QPR are in 16th place in the table.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Luton Town, Championship, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Luton won twice by 1-0 margins this week, beating Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough. CCV played in the latter, going the distance and impressing as the Hatters moved to within four points of Championship safety.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre was not in the 18-man roster for either of Fulham’s matches this week, but he did score for the reserves in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj left last week’s match with an ankle injury, and it was confirmed this week that Lichaj will miss the rest of the season with torn ligaments. The fullback has been solid over the course of the campaign, missing just three matches and serving as Tigers captain. Hull could yet get dragged into a relegation battle, and Lichaj will have to watch the fight from the sidelines.
Jann-Christopher George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George played 90 minutes as Regensburg defeated Wehen by a 1-0 margin. Regensburg sit in sixth place in the 2. Bundesliga.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Green reamines sidelined with an ankle injury. There is no news on how long the injury will keep the central midfielder out.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford didn’t make the St. Pauli squad that played to a scoreless draw against Dynamo Dresden.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, 2. Bundesliga)
Soto again missed out on the Hannover side, which drew 1-1 against Hamburg.
Andrija Novakovich (Frosinone, Serie B)
Novakovich came on in the 33rd minute of a scoreless game against Perugia. He picked up a yellow card as Frosinone went on to win 1-0 via a second-half goal.
Niko Gioacchini (Caen, Ligue 2)
Gioacchini again logged 90 minutes, going the distance in Caen’s 1-0 loss to Troyes. Caen sit in 14th place in the table.
Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Wright was an unused sub in VVV’s 1-0 win over Heracles, which takes them out of the relegation zone.
Chris Durkin (Sint-Truidense V.V., Jupiler League, on loan from D.C. United)
Durkin started and played 82 minutes in St. Truiden’s 1-0 loss to Cercle Brugge.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike missed out on two Kortrijk wins this week, not making the 18-man squads that won away over Waasland-Beveren and Oostende.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
Horvath twice rode the bench as Brugge drew Standard Liege 0-0 before beating Waasland-Beveren 2-1.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League -> loaned to Lechia Gdansk, Ekstraklasa)
Saief did not make the Anderlecht squad that lost 2-0 to Mechelen, and that’s because he left Anderlecht this week to join Polish Ekstraklasa side Lechia Gdansk on loan. He’ll hope to finally start to earn some minutes this season, though he’ll leave our list moving forward.
Phillipe Sandler (Anderlecht, Jupiler League, on loan from Manchester City)
Sandler remains sidelined after undergoing knee surgery in mid-December. There’s no expectation on when he’ll be able to return.
Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien, Austrian Bundesliga, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown went 90 minutes as Austria Wien returned from the Austrian winter break with a 2-2 draw against Altach.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Moore subbed on for Tenerife with 20 minutes to play in an eventual goalless draw with Rayo Vallecano.
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland, Danish Super League)
The Danish Super League is still on its winter break. Nordsjaelland sit seventh in the league.
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Super League)
The Danish Super League is still on its winter break. Hobro are in 12th place in the league.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Sabbi will join Odense Boldklub (OB) on a free transfer at the end of the season. For now, he’ll spend the rest of the season hoping to help keep Hobro out of relegation trouble.
Yosef Samuel (Hobro, Danish Super League)
The Danish Super League is still on its winter break. Hobro are in 12th place in the league.
Niko Hamalainen (Kilmarnock, Scottish Premiership, on loan from QPR)
Hamalainen again went 180 minutes in an up-and-down week for Kilmarnock, who upset Rangers 2-1 (with Hamalainen nabbing an assist) but then fell to Hibernian by the same scoreline.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Polster missed the 18-man squad for Rangers twice this week.
Gboly Ariyibi (Panetolikos, Greek Super League)
Ariyibi did not feature this week for Panetolikos.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
The Allsvenskan season is over. Malmo finished second. They will face Wolfsburg in the Europa League Round of 32 this week.
Aron Johannsson (Hammarby, Allsvenskan)
Hammarby’s season is over. The side finished in third and qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round next year.
Jonathan Klinsmann (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Klinsmann was on the bench this week for St. Gallen, who fell 1-0 to Luzern.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch was massive this week for Sunderland, scoring a brace on Tuesday in a 3-0 win over Rochdale. Gooch first turned in a cross early before scoring off a rebound later in the first half. Between the two tallies, Gooch also created a goal by driving at the heart of the defense before dishing to a teammate, whose cross was turned in by the defense for an own goal. Full highlights of the match are available here. On the weekend, Gooch was yanked after an hour, but his side was up a goal and saw out the result from there, beating Oxford United 1-0.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Kelman subbed on with 30 minutes to play in a 4-0 loss to Peterborough before starting and going the distance in a 2-0 loss to Coventry.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
Olosunde was an unused sub for Rotherham, who drew Wimbledon 2-2.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Phillips was an unused sub in a 1-0 loss to Fleetwood before missing the 18-man roster on the weekend.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes went 78 minutes for Dundee in a goalless draw with Alloa Athletic.
Dillon Powers (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Powers went the distance in Dundee’s aforementioned draw.
Two other names that recently left the list and have reappeared elsewhere are Blaine Ferri, who has joined Inter Miami after leaving Greuther Fuerth, and Ben Lederman, who has moved to Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan in Israel’s third division. One new name that will join the list below is that of Joel Bustamante, the former FC Dallas youth player who has now officially joined Fuerth. Kobe Hernandez-Foster still won’t join the list, but it looks more and more likely that he’ll join Wolfsburg when he turns 18. Additionally, there are a few other new names joining the list after the release of a U-17 USMNT squad this week that includes four European-based players: Kaile Auvray of Lille (who was already on the list), Aethan Yohannes of AZ Alkmaar, Devan Tanton of Spanish side UE Cornella, and Federico Oliva of Atletico Madrid, all of whom will join the list below. Oliva has in particular shined this season in Spain, scoring 13 goals for Atleti’s U-17s.
Our last notes are on a handful of players training with European sides. North Carolina FC’s Adam Armour is training with St. Pauli, and his teammate Shane DeLeon is with Alcorcon. Jonathan Gomez is in Germany with Freiburg, while former Notre Dame goalkeeper Duncan Tunrbull is on trial with Portsmouth. Lastly, Francis Jacobs of Orange County SC is playing with Rangers at a tournament and has reportedly some higher-ups with the Scottish side.