Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams missed both games this week for Leipzig with a calf injury. His side beat Tottenham 1-0 in the Champions League and thrashed Schalke 5-0 on the weekend. Nothing new has come out about the injury, but it wasn’t reported as being too serious, so Adams could be back for their important fixture Sunday with fifth-place Bayer Leverkusen.
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks logged 180 minutes this week for Wolfsburg, who beat Malmo 2-1 in the Europa League and thumped Mainz 4-0 in the Bundesliga. The center back was solid in both contests as Wolfsburg did a good job of defending, especially in the former. Malmo had just five total shots in a game the Wolves dominated and only scored via a penalty after a handball in the area which Brooks was not responsible for. Against Mainz, Brooks won five aerials and three tackles and passed at over an 80 percent clip (as he did against Malmo as well). It remains to be seen if Brooks, who was out of the lineup for much of the start of 2020, will fully regain his spot at center back, but he’s making a decent impression.
Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Chandler did not make it off the bench for Frankfurt’s 4-1 Europa League win over RB Salzburg but went the distance Monday in a 2-1 loss to Union Berlin. The right winger won six aerials and recorded four shots, but it wasn’t enough for Frankfurt, who scored only via own goal. Frankfurt dominated possession and the shot count, but Union Berlin, who got an own goal of their own, were more clinical.
McKennie was subbed off for an attacker after 55 minutes with his side down 1-0 to RB Leipzig. It only got worse from there for Schalke in the aforementioned 5-0 loss. The Gelsenkirchen side managed just three shots on the day as they were throttled from the start by the title chasers. McKennie did little of note other than completing two dribbles.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales came on with a little over 20 minutes to play to help Dusseldorf see out a 2-0 win over Freiburg. The midfielder didn’t do much of note, but he did win three aerials during his time on the pitch as Dusseldorf won their first league game of 2020. The side currently sits 16th, in the relegation playoff spot.
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Manchester City)
Steffen remains sidelined with a knee injury. He went to Manchester last week for examination from his parent club, which is obviously a concerning sign for the keeper. His status is extremely up-in-the-air at the moment.
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund)
Reyna had a moment to savor in the midweek, making his Champions League debut against PSG, coming on with 23 minutes to play, and providing an assist on Dortmund’s winning goal in a 2-1 first-leg triumph. Reyna picked up the ball at midfield, smoothly turned, and drove at the defense before dishing to Erling Haaland, who did the rest, smashing home a wonder strike from 22 yards out (video of the play is at 3:15 this video). Reyna also became the youngest American to ever appear in the competition. On the weekend, Reyna also subbed on
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent too was a late sub in that Bremen-Dortmund contest, entering with seven minutes to play and not being able to move the needle at all in the loss. It’s been a tough second half for Sargent, who has started just two games, the last of which was on January 26. Despite appearing in five games in February, Sargent has just played just 96 minutes.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Pulisic missed Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Tottenham this weekend, and manager Frank Lampard is still not giving any concrete updates on when the winger may be back. Chelsea have some big cup ties ahead, playing Bayern this week in the Champions League and then Liverpool next Tuesday in the FA Cup with a league contest against Bournemouth sandwiched in between.
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa)
Vassilev again missed out on Aston Villa’s 18-man squad. The Villans lost 2-0 at Southampton and remain just a point above the drop zone. The side will get a break from Premier League play this weekend when Villa travels to Wembley to face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
Yedlin watched on from the bench as Newcastle lost 1-0 at Crystal Palace. The player who started over him at right back, Valentino Lazaro, was sent off in stoppage time for a last-man foul, so the spot is there for the taking for Yedlin ahead of this weekend’s match with Burnley.
Timothy Weah (Lille)
After his return to action and subsequent new injury last week, Weah missed out on Lille’s 3-0 win over Toulouse. There’s no official news on how much time he’ll miss with his latest hamstring injury, but the 19-year-old did indicate on Instagram that he may not be back this season. Weah has played just three times for the club since his summer move from PSG.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
Boyd again came on as a substitute for Besiktas, playing the last 13 minutes and stoppage time of the side’s 2-2 draw with previous leaders Trabzonspor. While the opponent went on to nab a late equalizer and steal a point (which dropped them to second in the table), Boyd was very solid in his cameo for Besiktas, recording a shot, a key pass, a dribble, and a tackle. His team is struggling, but Boyd has at least started to fight his way back onto the field in 2020 after a rough first half of the campaign.
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
Dest got another 180 minutes under his belt this week, but it was a poor one for Ajax, who fell twice, 2-0 to Getafe in the Europa League and 1-0 to Heracles in the Eredivisie. Twice playing as right back, Dest wasn’t directly responsible for any goals his team conceded this week, but he didn’t make much of an impact in attack or defense in either match, finishing with a combined total of three tackles, one dribble, one key pass, and one shot (which was blocked). Those results mean this coming week is one of Ajax’s most important of the season, as their second-leg tie against Getafe will be very difficult, and they face the side hot on their heels in the league table — AZ (who are just three points behind in second — on the weekend in a huge Eredivisie matchup.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood was an unused substitute for Hamburg, who lost 2-0 to crosstown rivals St. Pauli and dropped out of the automatic promotion places as a result.
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
Holmes is expected to miss “several weeks,” said Derby manager Philip Cocu this week, after suffering an ankle injury in last Saturday’s match with Huddersfield. It’s terrible timing for Holmes, who had really picked up his play in recent weeks and will now be sidelined, perhaps through the March international break, which many USMNT fans have been screaming for him to be called up for. Alas, the 25-year-old will now have to fight his way back to fitness for Derby, who drew with Fulham this week and sit in 13th place in the Championship.
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, but manager Mark Bowen said in his pre-match press conference that the center back could be back by this coming Saturday, when Reading host Barnsley (after a midweek game with Wigan). Reading lost 1-0 to Leeds last weekend.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream had a second off week in a row, although Fulham did steal a point at Derby in a 1-1 draw. The Rams were the much more threatening side, and Ream in particular had a poor day, being caught in no-man’s land on a few of Derby’s many chances before being penalized for a handball that lead to Derby’s only goal, which Wayne Rooney chipped home from the penalty spot. If it weren’t for the heroics of Marek Rodák, who was man of the match with a number of stellar saves, it probably would have been an even worse day for Ream, but a late Aleksandar Mitrovic tally earned Fulham the point that keeps them third in the table.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
Finally, the news came out last week that Robinson is suffering a groin injury, which is the real reason he hasn’t played since his move to Milan broke down on deadline day. The left back is expected to miss a week or two more with the problem but should be back for the stretch run for Wigan, who are in 22nd and a relegation place but earned a big 1-0 win this week against Millwall.
Johnson did not make the 18-man roster for Gladbach this week.
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
Cameron went the distance for QPR in a goalless draw with Nottingham Forest. The defensive midfielder provided impressive cover for the backline, winning five aerials and four tackles, second in the game in both categories.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Luton Town, Championship, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
CCV went the distance as Luton Town were beaten 3-1 by Charlton in a relegation six-pointer. Luton Town still sit dead last in the Championship.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre was not in the 18-man squad for Fulham this week.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj is likely out for the rest of the season with torn ankle ligaments.
Jann-Christopher George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George went the distance as Regensburg lost 2-0 in Stuttgart. The right attacking midfielder in a 4-2-2-2 also picked up a yellow card in the contest.
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 this week. His side beat Hamburg 2-0.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, 2. Bundesliga)
Soto was not in the Hannover roster for their 1-0 loss to Arminia Bielefeld.
Andrija Novakovich (Frosinone, Serie B)
Novakovich had a big game for Frosinone, scoring and assisting in the first 20 minutes en route to a 2-0 win over Cosenza. First, Novakovich created a yard of space in the area with a step over and fired a cross to Federico Dionisi, who turned it home from short range. Then, Novakovich got onto the end of a cross and slotted home a cool first-time finish on a bouncing ball from 15 yards out. Both highlights can be seen here.
Niko Gioacchini (Caen, Ligue 2)
Gioacchini was back at it for Caen, going the distance at right winger in a 4-1 win over Lens. He also picked up a yellow card in the contest.
Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Wright started and went the distance in a 1-0 win over Groningen. Venlo sit 14th and needed the points as the victory boosted them to five points clear of the relegation playoff.
Chris Durkin (Sint-Truidense V.V., Jupiler League, on loan from D.C. United)
Durkin was removed at halftime with his side down 3-0 in a 4-1 loss to second-place Gent.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike did not suit up for Kortrijk this week.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath remains glued to the bench. Brugge drew Manchester United in the Europa League and beat Charleroi in the Jupiler League.
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 and grabbed a last-gasp equalizer in the 89th minute, heading home a corner for his first Austria Wien goal to help the side to a 2-2 draw with second-place RB Salzburg.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Moore played the full 90 minutes as a right midfielder for Tenerife in a 1-0 win over Elche.
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland, Danish Super League)
Nordsjaelland has returned to Danish Super League play following the winter break with a bang, winning 6-0 and 2-1 in their competitive first matches of 2020, but Amon is still absent from the side.
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Cappis was suspended for Hobro’s first league match of 2020 due to yellow card accumulation.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Sabbi, who is joining Odense Boldklub at the end of the season, played 90 minutes as Hobro’s right midfielder in a 2-0 home loss to Midtjylland.
Yosef Samuel (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Samuel didn’t make the Hobro 18-man squad that lost to Midtjylland.
Niko Hamalainen (Kilmarnock, Scottish Premiership, on loan from QPR)
Killie labored through a difficult week, falling in a heartbreaking Scottish Cup 5th Round Replay at home against Aberdeen in which they led 3-2 in the 119th minute before conceding a penalty and an own goal to lose 4-3 before dropping a league tie 3-1 at Celtic. Hamalainen went the distance in both matches but didn’t perform all that well, as he was caught out defensively a handful of times over the two matches.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Polster again 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)
Gall wasn’t in Malmo’s 18-man Europa League squad that lost its first leg match 2-1 at Wolfsburg.
Aron Johannsson (Hammarby, Allsvenskan)
Hammarby’s 2020 campaign began Monday with a 5-1 win in the Svenska Cupen over newly promoted Varbergs Bois, in which Johannsson scored twice to help his side to the win. He’ll hope it’s a sign of things to come in the new year.
Jonathan Klinsmann (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Klinsmann was an unused sub again as St. Gallen drew 3-3 with Young Boys.
Kenny Saief (Lechia Gdansk, Ekstraklasa, on loan from Anderlecht)
Saeif entered in the 77th minute with the game tied, but Gdansk would eventually fall 2-0 to Lech Poznan.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch continued to fire this week, scoring in the 71st minute (adjusting his feet well to turn home a low cross after a fluid team move) to give Sunderland a 1-0 lead in a game they’d score twice more in to win 3-0 over Bristol Rovers. Gooch also was shown a yellow card and came out in the 81st minute.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Kelman played 90 minutes twice this week but couldn’t help Southend to a point as they fell 1-0 to Gillingham and 3-2 to Burton, both at home. Southend are deep in the relegation zone and have lost five in a row.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
Olosunde went the distance and helped league-leading Rotherham to a 2-1 win over Accrington. He had one very notable moment in the match, a brilliant sliding challenge to deny an Accrington attacker a free shot on an open net that would have made the score 1-0.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Phillips wasn’t in Wycombe’s 18-man squad that beat Tranmere 3-1 this weekend. Wycombe are third in the League 1 table, a point behind leaders Rotherham.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes was a 57th-minute substitute for Dundee United in a 2-1 win over Inverness CT. The winning goal was scored less than two minutes after he came on.
Dillon Powers (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Powers was the man who made was for Harkes after starting the match. He has started the last seven matches for United after arriving in the winter window.
In contract/training talks, Nick Taitague has done enough with Schalke to get a contract extension through the 2021 season, and he’ll hope to stay healthy long enough to get a real shot with the first team. Elsewhere, Josh Perez, formerly of Fiorentina and LAFC is on trial with Dundee United and scored in a friendly for them. Young fullback Jonathan Gomez hopped over to Bremen to train with Werder after also spending time with Freiburg and Hoffenheim.
Finally, there was some bad news as Richie Ledezma has been suspended for three games after he picked up a red card. Additionally, Leon Flach of St. Pauli, who was recently called up to a U.S. U-20 camp, has been called into a Germany U-19 national team camp, so his status will be one to watch.