Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
One of Stoke’s star performers so far this year, Cameron did not last long in the Potters’ 2-0 loss to Watford on Saturday, being withdrawn in the ninth minute with an apparent thigh injury. The problem doesn’t appear to be too serious, with manager Mark Hughes claiming Monday that Cameron could be back in time for a game with Newcastle on the weekend, but the Massachusetts native will almost definitely miss Tuesday’s Capital One Cup tie with struggling Chelsea. Captain Ryan Shawcross is expected to return in the center of Stoke’s defense against the champions, but Cameron could well reclaim his place Saturday given the struggles of the team’s other center backs, Philipp Wollscheid and Marc Wilson, his replacement against Watford.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Although he won’t be faulted for either of Swansea’s goals in a 2-1 loss that signaled the end of Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa tenure, Guzan is under extreme pressure to improve quickly.
Tim Howard (Everton)
Like Guzan, Howard has been struggling of late, and he was poor in Everton’s 2-1 loss at Arsenal on Saturday. Howard was twice beaten by headers off crosses into the box, and he was a step too slow to get to either ball, although he could — and maybe should — have done so. The keeper did make four saves in the contest, but he won’t be happy after his squad was undone by a pair of his mistakes in a game it could have taken.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Deployed at right back for a second straight week by new manager Sam Allardyce, Yedlin performed well as Sunderland earned its first BPL win of the season against rivals Newcastle. The Seattle native was successful on 84 percent of his passes, highest of any Black Cats starter, and made two tackles for the hosts, who played the entire second half with a man advantage after Fabricio Coloccini was sent off. Yedlin also had a joint-game-high five clearances as Sunderland jumped off the bottom of the table and above their nemesis to settle just two points from safety.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers put in a full shift as Tottenham’s U-21s drew 1-1 with Liverpool on Friday night. The 17-year-old had a late header from a corner kick saved by Liverpool’s keeper as Spurs moved into third place in the U-21 BPL table.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
After sitting out last week, Zelalem returned to work 61 minutes for Rangers in a 1-0 win over St. Mirren that kept the Glasgow side perfect in the Scottish Championship. Zelalem could have had an assist late in the first half, but teammate Andy Halliday was denied from close range. Still, Zelalem has made a fine start to life in Scotland, and Rangers manager Mark Warburton was quoted this week as saying he hopes to extend Zelalem’s loan, which is set to end in January.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Cropper remains sidelined with a knee injury, and he watched the struggling Dons fall twice this past week.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hyndman continues to be overlooked for Fulham’s senior squad, which currently sits in 11th in the Championship. He put in another solid 90 minutes for the U-21s in a 2-0 win over West Ham on Monday, but it still seems likely that Hyndman’s future lies away from Craven Cottage.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
On the other hand, Ream returned to Fulham’s squad for Saturday’s 4-2 comeback win over Reading after missing the midweek draw with Leeds. Playing in his favored center back position, Ream impressed for the hosts as they came from 2-0 down to win, making two clearances, two interceptions, and one key block of an on-target effort late in the contest.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj was phenomenal this week for Forest in a pair of 1-1 draws. In the first, against Burnley, the right back put in a man of the match performance, scoring his first goal for the club with abrilliant left-footed shot from outside the box (starts at 1:06) and also putting in a team-high five tackles before the visitors equalized against the 10 men of Forest. On the weekend, Lichaj made five more tackles against Ipswich as Forest tied the game in stoppage time after falling behind. Lichaj still remains on the outside looking in at the national team setup, but more showings like the ones he’s been putting in lately for Nottingham Forest could change that.
Novakovich continues to shine for Reading’s U-21s, as he scored the opener and assisted on the Royals’ second in a 2-0 win over Norwich on Monday. The 19-year-old gave Reading the lead in the 14th minute, beating the keeper to the near post after being played into the box, then headed a ball back into the path of Sammi Fridjonsson for the clincher in the 79th. He hasn’t played for the senior side yet this season, but Novakovich is certainly making an impact at the club.
Danny Williams (Reading)
This week wasn’t Williams’ best as Reading slipped into seventh with one point out of a possible six. Williams was effective, if not brilliant, in 90 minutes during a 1-1 draw with Rotherham on Tuesday, but he struggled to make much of an impact in the aforementioned 4-2 loss to Fulham before being subbed off late. The midfielder will hope to get back into the swing of things when Reading host Championship leaders Brighton this weekend.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks sat on the substitutes’ bench for Hertha’s 1-0 win over Ingolstadt on Saturday. He will hope to make his first start since August when Berlin visit FSV Frankfurt in the DfB-Pokal on Tuesday.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
In a 2-1 road win over Hannover, Chandler was a late substitute for Eintracht as the visitors won their first league game since September 12. They won’t have an easy time making it two in a row, however, as Eintracht next host Bayern Munich on Friday.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green doubled his previous season total for Bayern II of three goals with a hat trick in a 4-1 win over Augsburg II on Friday. He scored twice in the first 25 minutes before finishing off his treble in the 87th as Bayern’s reserves continued their successful season in the Regionalliga-Bayern, jumping to third with a game in hand on the team above. Green still hasn’t gotten a look for the first team this year, but more goals could change that as the team continues to play in its Champions League group in the coming weeks, which was where the winger earned his debut in November 2013.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Werder pulled themselves out of the relegation playoff place with a 3-1 win over Mainz on Saturday, but Johannsson remained on the sidelines with an adductor injury that will keep him out an undetermined amount of time.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson played twice for Gladbach this week, going 90 minutes in both a scoreless Champions League draw with Juventus and a 3-1 win over Schalke. He didn’t see all that much of the ball in either game, although Johnson could have earned an assist against Schalke when teammate Raffael had an early chance cleared off the line.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VFB Stuttgart)
Kiesewetter went 77 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Aalen in the 3. Liga which has left Stuttgart II languishing in 19th place, tied with bottom team Werder II on 12 points through 14 games.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
For the first time all season, Ingolstadt lost a second game in a row, with Morales coming off after 67 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Hertha. Morales picked up a yellow card late in the first half, but was otherwise fairly quiet, recording two shots off target and two tackles as Ingolstadt dropped into eighth place.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd has suffered a setback in his return from a long-term knee injury and will likely remain on the sidelines into 2016.
Bobby Wood (FC Union Berlin)
Wood went 90 minutes as Union Berlin lost 2-0 at home to Paderborn on Saturday. Twice, the Hawaiian hit the outside of the woodwork, but neither of those shots found the right side of the goal line as Union fell into 15th place.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
In 71 minutes for Sandhausen, Wooten was unable to hit the target as his side drew 0-0 with Arminia Bielefeld. Though Sandhausen’s three-game winning streak came to an end, Wooten’s squad remains in the right half of the 2. Bundesliga table, currently sitting in seventh.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Bedoya remained out with an illness in Nantes’ 2-0 win over Caen on Friday, though he has returned to training after a second straight game.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Playing in the Europa League on Thursday, Horvath needed to make only one save as Molde came away with a 3-1 home win over struggling Celtic to remain atop Group A in their first game under returning manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Horvath remained between the sticks for another win Sunday over Aalesund, this one by a 2-1 scoreline, but Molde — currently sitting in seventh — can finish no higher than fourth in the Tippeligaen with two games to play.
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht)
Rubin will miss out for at least the next month — and possibly longer — after undergoing foot surgery.