Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Having already been eliminated from the FA Cup, Stoke did not play this weekend. That could be a good thing for Cameron, who is still trying to shake off an ankle injury that’s kept him out since January 5.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Villa were also inactive this week, but that didn’t stop Guzan from a bit of an embarrassment, as he was reportedly in goal for the senior squad in a 3-0 behind-closed-doors friendly defeat to the club’s U-21s.
Tim Howard (Everton)
After manager Roberto Martinez officially confirmed that Howard is now backup to Joel Robles, the veteran keeper watched on as his younger teammate saved a penalty in Everton’s 2-0 FA Cup victory over Bournemouth.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea)
He didn’t see the pitch in either fixture, but Miazga was a part of Chelsea’s matchday squad twice this week, first in a
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Sunderland were off this week having been already knocked out of the cup, but Jurgen Klinsmann said this week in a Facebook Q&A session that he was happy with the progress the fullback is making during his loan at Sunderland.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Like Miazga, Carter-Vickers has yet to make his first-team debut, but one could be on the cards in the near future for the 18-year-old center back. Carter-Vickers traveled with the squad to a Europa League tie at Fiorentina last week, and although he did not make the matchday squad, he appears to be just outside of Spurs’ 18-man roster at the moment. The U-21s next play March 3.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Zelalem was an unused substitute twice for Rangers last week as the Glasgow club moved on the Scottish Cup with a win over Kilmarnock and defeated Queen of the South in league play.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Cropper did not play for Dons in a 2-0 loss to Bristol City, but his spell on the bench could end this week. Starting keeper David Martin suffered an injury late in the defeat and has been ruled out of MK Dons’ two fixtures this week, against Huddersfield on Tuesday and Blackburn on Saturday, so the door is open for Cropper to make his first league start in English football.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
An unused substitute in both Fulham’s 3-0 loss to Blackburn last Tuesday and their 3-0 win over Charlton on the weekend, Hyndman nonetheless made the news this weekend. The 19-year-old is out of a contract at the end of the season, and reports Friday claimed that Manchester United are the favorites to nab the midfielder, with the likes of Tottenham, West Ham, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Wolfsburg also interested. This is certainly a situation to keep an eye on.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
He didn’t play in the win on the weekend, but Ream was a second-half substitute against Blackburn. After coming on with the side down 1-0, Ream completed 95 percent of his passes and was not responsible for either Blackburn goal that turned the scoreline ugly from a Fulham perspective.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Forest were not in action this past week, but they’ll play twice this week, and Lichaj should be back on Tuesday against Burnley.
Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town)
Holmes was not in the 18-man squad for a 1-0 win over Wolves.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
He wasn’t involved in the goal, but Novakovich went all 90 minutes as Reading’s U-21s drew 1-1 at Southampton despite playing a man down after a seventh-minute sending off.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams sat out Reading’s 3-1 FA Cup win over West Brom after making a late return to training, but he could be back on the pitch for Reading some time this week.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks struggled in a 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg, as it was his mistake that allowed the Wolves to open the scoring early in the second half. The center back committed himself far too early in an attempted tackle on Vierinha, who drove down the right side past Brooks and crossed for Marcel Schafer to finish. Brooks has been a standout for Hertha in recent weeks, but he’s still young and prone to lapses like the one that hurt the squad on Saturday.
Once again, Chandler was not in the 18-man squad for Eintracht on Friday as they drew 0-0 with Hamburg.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green went the distance for Bayern’s reserve squad in their return from the winter break, but it wasn’t a fruitful contest for the young winger as the Bavarians lost 1-0 to Bayreuth.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson is back in training, but he hasn’t yet returned to Werder’s matchday squad. Bremen lost 2-0 to Ingolstadt on the weekend.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
In a 1-0 derby win over Cologne, Johnson went the distance for Monchengladbach, although he wasn’t involved in the goal. Playing the left wing position he’s manned all season, Johnson had one shot attempt blocked and completed a pair of dribbles on the afternoon, also passing at an 87 percent clip.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart)
Stuttgart’s reserves lost 3-1 to their compatriots from Mainz, but Kiesewetter did not make the 18-man squad.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was not selected to Ingolstadt’s 18-man roster, but the side won 2-0 over Johansson's Werder Bremen.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic made his first start for Dortmund at right wing, playing a decent first half before being replaced at the break by Marco Reus. The youngster created a solid chance for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but the forward scuffed the opportunity. Dortmund won 1-0 in a game filled with controversy at the BayArena.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd’s recovery hit another setback this week, as the striker had to have a surgery to remove a cyst on his knee. Fortunately, it should only push back his recovery by about 10 days. RB Leipzig smashed Union Berlin 3-0.
Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
Though Union Berlin were drubbed by Boyd’s squad, Wood was not in the 18-man roster due to an injured shoulder. The injury does not appear to be serious, and he should be back in the squad next week.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten started and played 61 minutes for Sandhausen in a 2-0 loss to Freiburg. He left the game down a goal, and two minutes later, his teammate was red carded, ending much hope for a comeback.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Bedoya is on fire lately, but no one got a chance to see him play this weekend as Nantes’ fixture with SC Bastia was postponed after violence broke out following Bastia’s match with Reims last weekend.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Horvath’s anticipated return to action was rough, to say the least, as the keeper conceded three in Molde’s 3-0 Europa League loss to Sevilla. On top of the tie being done and dusted, Horvath will be disappointed by the third goal he allowed, which went right under him and undoubtedly should have been saved. Sevilla is a very solid team, and regardless of the Yank’s performance, Molde would likely have been on their way to the exit, but it’s never good for the keeper to be at fault for the goal that put the tie out of reach. He will, however, get another chance to showcase his talent during the return leg this week in Sweden.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen)
Payne logged a full 90 minutes for Groningen this weekend in a 4-1 loss to AZ Alkmaar. It’s never a good sign when the backline allows four into the net, but Payne wasn’t terrible, passing at an 81 percent clip and winning three tackles on the day. The loss hurts, however, as Groningen are now six points (and seven table places) behind AZ for the Eredivisie’s final UCL spot.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Rubin remains out with a foot injury, and it looks as though he will continue to watch from the sidelines for the foreseeable future, with a Utrecht official saying theclub isn’t expecting the youngster back until mid-March. Utrecht, meanwhile, defeated WIllem II 2-1.