Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams missed out on Leipzig’s 1-1 Bundesliga draw with Bayer Leverkusen as he remains sidelined with a calf injury. It wasn’t all bad news, though, as the 21-year-old did sign a new contract Sunday which keeps him in Leipzig through the 2024-25 season. He hasn’t always been healthy, but the midfielder has been instrumental when on the pitch for RB since arriving in January 2019, and he now looks set to play a major role for RB for the foreseeable future.
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks went another 180 minutes this week as Wolfsburg advanced in the Europa League with a comfortable 3-0 second-leg win over Malmo and drew 2-2 against Union Berlin. After an excellent showing in the former, especially in possession, he was less spectacular in the weekend’s league match, in which he should have headed away the cross that led to Union’s opener. Still, the center back has undeniably fought his way firmly back into the squad after earlier rumors of a rift with management.
A combination of weather-related circumstances pushed Frankfurt’s Europa League game from Thursday to Friday, which caused the postponement of Sunday’s scheduled league match with Werder Bremen. Chandler entered the 2-2 Europa League draw against Salzburg in the 88th minute with all of the goals scored already and helped his side see the clock out to advance to the Round of 16, where a tie with Basel awaits.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
Schalke failed to score for a third consecutive game, and worse, they were downright bad in a 3-0 loss to Koln, not a good remedy after last weekend’s 5-0 throttling they took from Leipzig. McKennie went 90 minutes in the center of the midfield for the Royal Blues, and while he wasn’t terrible, he also should have done more to prevent a counter attack that led to Koln’s second late in the first half. The loss makes it six league games without victory for Schalke, who have slipped down into sixth as a result of their slide.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales came on for the final 15 minutes plus stoppage time in Fortuna’s 3-3 draw with Hertha Berlin. The midfielder passed at 100 percent and won three aerials but didn’t make much of an impact otherwise. Dusseldorf took a 3-0 lead into halftime and watched it evaporate in a disheartening second-half showing. Fortuna are in 16th place, currently occupying the relegation playoff position.
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Manchester City)
Steffen remains sidelined with a knee injury. His status is still very unclear, as is his projected return date. There was one positive note Monday when rumors started swirling that Manchester City’s No. 2 keeper, Claudio Bravo, will leave in the summer and that Pep Guardiola thinks Steffen can step into the backup role for his parent club. It’ll certainly be a situation to watch come the summer.
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund)
Reyna again was a late substitute this week, coming on in the 81st minute of Dortmund’s 2-1 win over Freiburg. He completed two dribbles and recorded a key pass in his 10-plus minutes, showing yet another burst of his clear talent. Also this week, Gregg Berhalter announced that Reyna will be called up to the USMNT senior squad for the March international window and presumably will make his national team debut when the side plays the Netherlands and Wales. It’s another significant moment in the fast-blossoming career of the 17-year-old.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Bremen, who have lost five league matches in a row, had their game against Frankfurt postponed this weekend due to their opponents’ participation in the Europa League and the sides’ impending DfB-Pokal battle on Wednesday.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Pulisic remains out, and the timeline for him to return to action for Chelsea remains cloudy. Frank Lampard said Monday he had hoped that the 21-year-old could be back in a couple of weeks, but it’s still very uncertain as he recovers from an adductor injury suffered in training in early January. The wait goes on.
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa)
Vassilev was not selected in Villa’s Carabao Cup final squad, which fell 2-1 to Manchester City. Vassilev was named on the USMNT’s provisional 50-man Olympic Qualifying roster. Manager Jason Kreis will have to whittle down the squad to 20 from the full list, which is in the Youth section of our update.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
Yedlin was back in the roster this week but didn’t make it off the bench as the Magpies played to a scoreless draw with Burnley.
Timothy Weah (Lille)
What started has a bad season for Weah has ended even worse, with the winger being ruled out for the rest of the campaign this week. Weah re-injured his hamstring during his return earlier this month and won’t feature again until the fall. He finished with just three appearances and one start. His side sits fourth, a single point out of France’s final Champions League spot.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
Boyd got his sixth Super Lig start of the season, going almost 80 minutes against Alanyaspor before being removed. After his removal, Besiktas would score a penalty and go on to win 2-1. Boyd was involved in the first goal, finding a pocket of space in the area before interchanging passes with Mohamed Elneny, whose cross found Burak Yilmaz for an easy headed finish. The central midfielder did little else of note during the contest, barely filling up the stat sheet.
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
For the second straight week, Dest went 180 minutes for Ajax, but the results were far from good as the side was eliminated from the Europa League and then fell to fellow title contender AZ Alkmaar on the weekend. Against Getafe, Dest’s 7.3 whoscored.com rating was best on his side as the right back completed five dribbles and won two tackles in the contest. He was not responsible for the early goal against that took the wind out of Ajax’s sails. Ajax won the contest 2-1 but went out 3-2 on aggregate. Alkmaar was the opposite for Dest, with his 5.8 whoscored.com rating being the lowest in his side due to being dispossessed three times. However, Dest wasn’t responsible for either goal, with Daley Blind having an awful giveaway in the opening exchanges handing the lead to AZ and forcing Ajax to chase the contest. The backline was exposed on multiple occasions by Alkmaar, with Dest nowhere to be found, but that could just as much be a result of the side’s already aggressive playing style combined with them playing the whole match from a losing position. Now it’s all about domestic competitions for Ajax as they sit in first over AZ only on goal differential while they face Utrecht in the KNVB Cup semifinal this week.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood did not make the Hamburg side this week.
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
Holmes missed both Derby matches this week due to his ankle injury. Derby won and lost and sit 13th in the table.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga returned from injury this weekend, and not soon enough for Reading who beat Barnsley 2-0 after a Miazga-less side was smacked 3-0 by Wigan in the midweek. Barnsley dominated the contest, outshooting the Royals 23-7, but Miazga and the backline were aided by a special performance from keeper Rafael Cabral, who made a few acrobatic saves on the day. Miazga won four aerials as well.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream and Fulham were back to winning ways this week as the center back logged 180 minutes in a pair of clean sheet victories, 1-0 over Swansea and 2-0 over Preston. Ream won a combined 10 aerials between the contests while passing at an over 80 percent clip. That being said, Ream and Fulham were extremely lucky to not concede in either contest, especially against Swansea, where they appeared to have multiple penalty shouts against them waved off. Ream didn’t have any directly, but the backline was exposed in both contests, showing incredible bend-but-don’t-break resolve.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
Robinson missed another double match week with the groin injury that was reported last week. Wigan won twice and now sit 19th, having clawed their way out of the relegation zone over the past few weeks.
Johnson again did not make the 18-man roster for Gladbach, who beat Augsburg 3-2 this week.
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
Cameron played 180 minutes this week as QPR earned four points, beating Derby 2-1 and drawing 2-2 with Birmingham. He was solid in both matches as a defensive midfielder, though QPR likely aren’t going to threaten the playoff places this year, sitting in 14th with 10 games to play.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Luton Town, Championship, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Similarly, Carter-Vickers performed well over 180 minutes as Luton grabbed four points in Championship play, beating Brentford 2-1 and drawing Stoke 1-1. The points were crucial for the Hatters, though, who still sit at the bottom of the table but have drawn level with 23rd-place Barnsley and are now just five points from safety.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre was not in either of Fulham’s 18-man squads this week but did play twice for the U-23s and score in a win over Sunderland.
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 had a quiet match on the right wing for Regensburg in a disappointing 2-1 home loss to Dynamo Dresden. He was subbed off on 83 minutes.
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 again wasn’t in the St. Pauli squad that beat Osnabruck 3-1 this week.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, 2. Bundesliga)
Soto also didn’t make the Hannover squad that beat Holstein Kiel 3-1.
Andrija Novakovich (Frosinone, Serie B)
Novakovich started, played 90 minutes, and scored the only goal in Frosinone’s 1-0 win over Salernitana. The striker leapt to glance a cross towards the far post and in for the goal, which put Frosinone ahead in the 72nd minute.
Niko Gioacchini (Caen, Ligue 2)
Gioacchini played 70 minutes for Caen and won the penalty that put Caen ahead in the 17th minute of their eventual 2-0 win over Grenoble Foot.
Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Wright was an unused substitute as Venlo played Fortuna Sittard to a scoreless draw.
Chris Durkin (Sint-Truidense V.V., Jupiler League, on loan from D.C. United)
Durkin went the distance and picked up a yellow card in another rough outing for he and his side, which lost 3-0 to Mechelen at home on Friday.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike again did not suit up for Kortrijk this week, who drew 2-2 with Zulte Waregem.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath was again on the bench for both of Brugge’s games this week, a 5-0 Europa League shellacking from Manchester United and a 2-1 league win over Genk.
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 wasn’t in the Austria Wien squad this week that drew 1-1 with Sturm Graz. He was reportedly kept out with an illness.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Moore went the distance at right midfielder in Tenerife’s 1-0 loss to Oviedo.
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland, Danish Super League)
Nordsjaelland won their third straight since the end of the winter break, beating Esbjerg 2-1. Amon did not make the roster.
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Cappis went a full 90 in Hobro’s goalless draw with AGF. Cappis was on the provisional Olympic Qualifying roster.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Sabbi went 82 minutes in Hobro’s aforementioned draw. Sabbi was also named to the provisional Olympic squad.
Yosef Samuel (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Samuel did not make the Hobro roster.
Niko Hamalainen (Kilmarnock, Scottish Premiership, on loan from QPR)
Kilmarnock had a week off. They return to play against Aberdeen on Wednesday.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Polster did not make the Rangers squad as they were bounced from the Scottish Cup by Hearts.
Gboly Ariyibi (Panetolikos, Greek Super League)
Ariyibi did not make the Panetolikos squad this week. Panetolikos finished the first phase of the season in second to last and with the bottom half of the table are headed to the relegation round.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall didn’t make Malmo’s Europa League or Svenska Cup squads this week.
Aron Johannsson (Hammarby, Allsvenskan)
Johannsson went 81 minutes for Hammarby in their 2-0 Svenska Cup win over Brommapojkarna.
Jonathan Klinsmann (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
All Swiss league games have been postponed due to the coronavirus.
Kenny Saief (Lechia Gdansk, Ekstraklasa, on loan from Anderlecht)
Saeif was subbed on with 20 minutes to play and was on hand when his side scored a late winner. Saief occupied a man at the back post while his teammate darted to the near post and finished on a one-time volley.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch twice went the distance this week, but Sunderland earned just one point, losing to Coventry after drawing with Fleetwood. It’s very tight in League 1 at the moment with Sunderland in fifth, but only five points out of first.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Kelman went the distance as Southend lost 2-1 to Oxford United.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
Olosunde logged 180 minutes this week as Rotherham played to a pair of 1-1 draws. The right back was actually subbed out of their second match, against MK Dons, but that was in stoppage time of the second half.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Phillips was not in the Wycombe squad this week.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes went an hour for Dundee before being removed. His side fell 2-0 to Dunfermline.
Dillon Powers (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Powers went the distance at center midfield in Dundee’s aforementioned loss.
Additionally, the provisional squad was named for the Olympic Qualifying tournament in late March. The European-based players on that 50-man squad are:
Brady Scott (Koln), Chris Gloster (PSV), Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien - Others), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Luton Town - Others), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich), Richie Ledezma (PSV), Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa - List), Alex Mendez (Ajax), Luca de la Torre (Fulham - Others), Christian Cappis (Hobro - Others), Chris Durkin (Sint-Truiden - Others), Uly Llanez (Wolfsburg), Gio Reyna (Dortmund - List), Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona), Sebastian Soto (Hannover - Others), Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro - Others)