Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron remains sidelined with an ankle injury that caused him to miss the weekend’s 3-0 loss to Leicester. He’s unlikely to feature in Stoke’s Capital One Cup semifinal battle Tuesday at Liverpool, but Mark Hughes will hope he can return soon after center back Ryan Shawcross picked up a back injury that could keep him out for up to a month.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Guzan was between the sticks for Villa in a 2-0 FA Cup replay victory over Wycombe on Tuesday and made one good save, but it wasn’t enough for him to get back into the squad for the Premier League draw with West Brom. Mark Bunn instead earned a third straight league start, keeping a second clean sheet. Whether or not Guzan can get back into the starting lineup remains to be seen.
Tim Howard (Everton)
In a surprising 2-1 home loss to Swansea, Howard was far from his best once again. He was late getting to a poor back pass from John Stones and caught Andre Ayew, conceding a penalty as the Swans took a first-half lead. The Toffees responded to tie the game, but Swansea quickly went back ahead when Ayew’s deflected strike found its way past Howard. The 36-year-old keeper did make three saves, and it looks likely that he’ll stay with Everton after rumors linking him to the Colorado Rapids were shot down (LINK), but the veteran will need to improve to retain his starting place.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Once again, Yedlin was an unused substitute for Sunderland, who tied 1-1 with Bournemouth. He’s struggling to break back into Sam Allardyce’s team, but may yet get another chance with the Black Cats struggling in 19th place.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Despite speculation, Carter-Vickers was not selected by Tottenham’s senior side in the 2-0 FA Cup win over Leicester, but he may be in line for a place on the bench in the near future after Jan Vertonghen went off of Spurs’ 3-1 win over Crystal Palace with what appeared to be a knee injury. Carter-Vickers was at the heart of Tottenham’s U-21 side on Monday, captaining the squad in a 2-0 loss to Liverpool.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Zelalem went 58 minutes for Rangers in a 2-0 away win at Morton. The Arsenal loanee had one great opportunity to score his first goal for the Scottish side, but shot straight at the opposing keeper. Still, the youngster is finding himself in positions to score and creating chances, which is promising for him moving forward.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Cropper rode the bench twice for MK Dons, first in a 3-0 FA Cup win over Northampton Town and then in a 3-1 Championship loss to Bolton. The FA Cup victory sets the Dons up for a tie this Sunday at home against Chelsea, although it’s impossible to know whether or not Cropper will get the call.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hydnman was again a late substitute for Fulham, entering in the 77th minute of what was a scoreless game with Hull. Moments after he entered, however,
Tim Ream (Fulham)
In the aforementioned defeat to Hull, Ream went the distance for Fulham, who sit just four points out of the relegation zone. He had three clearances and three blocks in the defeat while passing well, but it wasn’t enough for Fulham to earn the victory.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj helped Forest keep a clean sheet in a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough that knocked the hosts off the top of the table. The right back picked up a yellow card, but contributed four tackles and one shot off target for Forest, who sit in 11th after their second straight victory.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich return to action logging 71 minutes for Reading’s U-21 side over the weekend. He didn’t have a major impact on the fixture in which the side lost an early lead, eventually falling 3-1 to their counterparts from Manchester City.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Though he didn’t have quite the same impact this week, Williams again performed well for Reading, playing a full 90 in a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. He didn’t have a direct impact in the goals, but the midfielder passed at a 95 percent clip and his team possessed the ball for 62 percent of the fixture, showing their ability to retain the ball. Williams also played a full 90 minutes in the midweek for Reading during their FA Cup replay smashing of Huddersfield 5-2.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
With his future at Hertha unsettled, Brooks performed solidly on his return from winter break, locking the fort down with three others on the backline to preserve a clean sheet in a goalless draw against Augsburg. He didn’t do much throughout the fixture and picked up a yellow card, but, for a center back, not conceding is what matters.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler was not in the 18-man roster for Eintracht’s 3-2 win over Wolfsburg, which his side pulled out in the 90th minute thanks to a hat-trick goal from Alexander Meier.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Bayern’s reserves don’t play again until February 21.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was not selected in Bremen’s 18-man roster as they defeated Schalke 3-1. He could make his return from a hip injury in the near future, however.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was far below the scorching form we saw him end the first half in, as he made little impact in Gladbach’s 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund. His opposition were top quality, and his teammates provided little support, so he’ll simply hope to get back on that aforementioned hot streak.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart)
Stuttgart’s senior side is on winter break until January 22, and the reserves don’t play again until January 24. Kiesewetter won’t be there right when they come back, however, as he’ll be on duty with the USMNT for their January camp. The young striker was the only European-based player called into the squad, and he’ll hope to make his debut for the senior side against either Iceland on January 31 or Canada on February 5.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales started and was subbed off after 68 minutes
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
On winter break until February 7.
Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
On winter break until February 5.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
On winter break until February 5.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Bedoya again started at center attacking mid, and it paid dividends for Nantes as he made his way onto the score sheet on the half hour mark, giving his side a 2-0 lead, though they would eventually capitulate in a 2-2 draw with Bordeaux (by way of an own goal in stoppage time). Bedoya was left unmarked to nod home an in-swinging cross at the back post for an easy headed finish. The 28-year-old seems to be settling into his new centrally based role well, as he also scored in extra time in a Coupe de France win over Mantes on Wednesday.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Horvath will return to action for Molde in February when the Europa League continues. The Norwegian side will face Sevilla in the Round of 32.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Rubin was again left out of Utrecht’s 18-man roster as his side won 1-0 over PEC Zwolle.