Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron missed out on Stoke’s impressive and important 1-0 win at Watford after suffering a concussion in training. It’s unclear if the injury will keep him out for any future games, but the Potters got a clean sheet without him, which isn’t ideal from Cameron’s perspective.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
After serving as an unused substitute in a 3-1 Carabao Cup win over Middlesbrough in the midweek, Hyndman was not included in the 18-man weekend squad that lost 1-0 to Chelsea.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams went the first 69 minutes of Huddersfield’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool. Playing in a five-man midfield against a Liverpool side that dominated possession, Williams was fairly absent in the fixture, finishing with two tackles and two blocks but just 12 touches overall before being withdrawn with his side down 2-0. The 28-year-old has now started back-to-back games since returning from injury, and despite the convincing defeat, he’ll certainly be considered again this weekend.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem is recovering from a torn ACL suffered at the U-20 World Cup in May. Initial estimates had him missing up to nine months, which means he likely won’t see the field at any level until 2018. However, he has been added to Arsenal’s Europa League squad and looks to be slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Once again, Carter-Vickers delivered a solid performance in the middle of Sheffield United’s backline as the Blades beat rivals Leeds 2-1 Friday to move to the top of the Championship table. The 19-year-old deserves a measure of blame for Leeds’ only tally, as his headed clearance went straight to a Leeds player who scored from the edge of the penalty box. Other than that moment, he was excellent, tallying six clearances and three interceptions while helping repel a dangerous Leeds team. Sheffield United are the talk of the Championship at the moment as the newly promoted Blades lead the division, and Carter-Vickers has become a valuable piece of the second-best defense in the league.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch did not make the matchday squads for either Sunderland’s senior team or their U-23s this weekend, although there’s no reason available as to why. If there is any update, we’ll deliver it when it comes.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Starting for the second weekend in a row, Lichaj lined up at left back and helped Forest to a 3-2 win at Hull. The veteran was partially responsible for both goals against, as he was slow to close down on Jarrod Bowen’s opener and lost track of Michael Hector as Hull cut their deficit to one in the final minutes. However, the 28-year-old nonetheless helped his team to a victory with three aerial wins, two tackles, and 89 touches of the ball, second-most in the side. Forest sit in 11th place in the table thanks to two straight wins.
James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
Murphy was not in Wednesday’s squad that drew 1-1 with Barnsley, but he did score for the U-23s in a 2-2 draw.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream played a decent enough overall game on Saturday, but he was responsible for the only goal his Fulham team conceded against his former club Bolton in a 1-1 draw. On a long ball forward from Bolton keeper Ben Alnwick in the 28th minute, Ream was pinned by Sammy Ameobi and lost a physical battle to the striker as he swiveled and scored. That moment overshadowed an otherwise solid showing from Ream, who won three aerials, a tackle, and passed at a 90 percent clip. He would have been quite relieved when teammate Tom Cairney equalized in stoppage time for the Cottagers.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
Ream’s delight was Robinson’s disappointment as the
Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi played 80 minutes before coming off in a 2-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers. The young winger was a threat for MK Dons with a few bursting runs, but he didn’t have the end product on the day as Dons’ winless League 1 run stretched to five.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Used as a second-half substitute against Oldham, Holmes made a huge difference by scoring the winning goal for Scunthorpe in a 3-2 triumph. The winger entered with his team up 2-1 in the 71st-minute but was helpless as they were pegged back 10 minutes later. However, just two minutes after that, Holmes did well to run into the box and bundle home a bouncing cross at the back post to lift the Iron to the win. It was a fairly easy finish for the 22-year-old, but getting to where he did was impressive and a positive omen moving forward for Scunthorpe, who sit fifth in League 1.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
After two-and-a-half months on the sidelines, Brooks returned to the Wolfsburg side Saturday and went all 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Schalke. He wasn’t the guilty party on the penalty that led to Schalke’s only goal, and the 24-year-old showed no other signs of rust, tallying six clearances, four aerial wins, and two tackles while passing at a tidy 89 percent. Now finally back and healthy, Brooks will look to establish himself back in Wolfsburg’s starting lineup after his first Bundesliga start with the club.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler underwent knee surgery on the injury he suffered last week against Dortmund and will be out for the remainder of 2017. Fortunately, the injury only appears to be a small tear of the meniscus, and the hope is that he may be able to return some time shortly after the Bundesliga’s winter break. Still, it’s an unfortunate blow for a defender who had played every minute for Frankfurt before getting hurt. Eintracht drew 1-1 with Mainz without Chandler.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Once again, Johannsson was not in Bremen’s squad as they lost 3-0 to Augsburg, and he didn’t feature in their 1-0 DfB-Pokal win over Hoffenheim either. He is still frustrated by a lack of playing time, but that’s unlikely to change until he can get a move in the winter transfer window.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was a late substitute, coming on with 15 minutes to play in Gladbach’s 1-0 Cup win over Fortuna Dusseldorf in the midweek. On the weekend, he was a 71st-minute substitute and helped turn a 1-1 game against Hoffenheim into a 3-1 win, although the winger wasn’t directly involved in either goal. He did have one interception and complete 88 percent of his passes in his short appearance.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
Like Johnson, McKennie was twice a second-half substitute this week. He came on with his team up 3-0 on Wehen in the DfB-Pokal on Tuesday in a game Schalke eventually won 3-1, and he entered the aforementioned draw with Wolfsburg in the 77th minute and was on the field for the Wolves’ late equalizer.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic was not in the 18-man roster for Dortmund’s midweek cup win over Magdeburg, but he did start
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
Stanko was not in either Freiburg team this week as they won in the cup and lost in the league.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood started and played 56 minutes for Hamburg in a 2-1 loss to Hertha Berlin. The forward won four aerials on the day but did little else of note and was not on the pitch for his team’s only tally. Wood has scored just once in the league this year, and he’ll have to improve on that mark if he wants to keep his starting role.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd did not make the Darmstadt roster for their 1-1 draw with Holstein Kiel.
McKinzie Gaines (Darmstadt)
Like Boyd, Gaines was also not included in the Darmstadt squad.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
George did not appear in either Regensburg team this week, and no new information has come out regarding the injury that forced him off early last week.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen)
Gipson continues to ride the bench, again serving as an unused sub for Sandhausen, who lost 2-1 to Greuther Fuerth.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten remains sidelined with an injury that doesn’t appear too serious, but does not have a timetable for return.
Haji Wright (Sandhausen, on loan from Schalke)
Wright was deployed as a 52nd-minute sub for Sandhausen in their aforementioned loss. The 19-year-old had three dribbles, won one aerial, and recorded one shot, but he was not involved in the side’s lone goal. It’s Wright's ninth appearance this season as he works his way into the Sandhausen outfit while gaining critical minutes.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, on loan from Stuttgart)
Green was not in either Greuther Fuerth roster for their 3-1 cup win over Ingolstadt or their aforementioned win over Sandhausen.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter did not make the 18 for Dusseldorf’s cup loss to Monchengladbach, and he also missed the squad on Monday for a goalless draw with Bochum.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales played and produced in both of Ingolstadt’s 3-1 wins this week, in the cup over Greuther Fuerth and in the 2. Bundesliga over Arminia Bielefeld. In the midweek, with his side up 2-1 late, Morales scored a peach of a goal, smashing a long-distance banana-curling effort (starts at 6:00 in this video) past the keeper to seal Ingolstadt’s passage to the round of 16. Then on the weekend, Morales also helped Ingolstadt add to a late 2-1 lead with a very lucky assist. The midfielder was played straight in on the goalie and should have scored, but his shot was saved and
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath had a bad week for Brugge as his disappointing midweek performance in a 2-0 loss to Genk led to his benching for the weekend. Horvath first let in a free-kick goal which was struck from nearly the corner, as the keeper completely misjudged the flight of the ball. Then, he was seemingly wrongfooted on a shot from the top of the 18, barely moving for an effort that might have been saveable if he was in a better position. Brugge bounced back without Horvath on the weekend, winning 4-1 over St. Truiden.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Miazga logged a full shift for Vitesse this weekend, but it wasn’t his finest hour as the side fell 4-2 to PSV Eindhoven. Though they were tied 1-1 at halftime, Vitesse were hit with a three-goal-in-15-minute storm to start the second half and were subsequently buried. Miazga was personally responsible for the backbreaking fourth goal, as he clumsily dealt with a cross and let the ball fall straight to an attacker in the six-yard box to easily finish from close range. It was a day to forget for the entire Vitesse defense.
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
Novakovich’s electric start to the season continued this week as he recorded a goal and an assist in Telstar’s 4-0 win over Almere City. After scoring to double the lead in the 33rd minute, Novakovich provided an assist on Telstar’s third on the other side of halftime to remove any doubt from the fixture. He is now fourth in the league in scoring with seven goals in 11 games.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne was an unused sub for Excelsior’s 3-1 win over Twente.
Kenny Saief (Gent, Jupiler League)
Though he did not play for the senior side this week, Saief has retaken the field for the first time for Gent after his hernia surgery. He played in a reserve match, a solid sign that he may be making his way back into the senior squad soon.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu again started for Reims and produced the side’s first goal in a 3-0 win over Nancy. Siebatcheu now has six tallies in 12 games, and Reims sit top of the table in Ligue 2 as their bid for promotion looks to be taking solid shape.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
Tall played twice this week for Tours, and both had different intrigue. First, he came on as a 22nd-minute sub in the Coupe de la Ligue for an injured teammate. He didn’t do much of note, but Tours advanced with a 3-1 win over top-tier side Nantes. He then started on the weekend but was sent off for a second yellow card after 53 minutes. As a result, he will miss the next match for Tours.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Belgian First Division A)
Torres did not appear in either of Lokeren’s contests, a 3-0 loss to KV Oostende and a 2-0 win over Mechelen.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akale wasn’t involved for either Villarreal’s B or C teams this weekend.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre made his first ever league appearance for Fulham, entering in the 89th minute with his team down 1-0 in the eventual draw with Bolton. In his short time on the pitch, de la Torre had one shot attempt blocked and completed three of his four passes attempted. He’ll now look to build on his first appearance and will hope a second isn’t far behind.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Fossey didn’t play for any of Fulham’s teams this week.
Kyle Gruno (Leicester, Premier League)
Likewise, Gruno did not play for Leicester this weekend.
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Klinsmann has returned from a long-term ankle injury and was in the sticks for Hertha’s reserve side in a 2-0 defeat at Halberstadt.
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
This was a monumental week for Moore, who debuted in both the Copa del Rey and La Liga this weekend. In the former, he was a starter and went 90 minutes at right back, helping Levante keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Girona. In the latter, he was deployed as a 72nd-minute sub and watched his team immediately concede an equalizer in a 2-2 draw with Eibar. He didn’t do much of note in that contest, but it’s nonetheless a huge occasion for the 20-year-old.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Olosunde wasn’t in United’s PL 2 squad that beat Sunderland 1-0.
Joshua Perez (Livorno Calcio, Lega Pro, on loan from Fiorentina)
Perez did not feature in Livorno’s 3-0 win over Pro Piacenza.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
Scott was an unused sub for Koln II in 3-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf II.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
Scott did not play for Chelsea’s PL 2 team this weekend.
Joel Sonora (Stuttgart, Bundesliga)
Stuttgart II were inactive this week, but they do play on Tuesday.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Taitague started and played 78 minutes for Schalke’s U-19s in a 5-1 win over Fortuna Koln.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Tillman played 68 minutes for Bayern Munich II in a 1-1 draw with Illertissen.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
It is unclear whether or not Weah appeared for PSG II this week, but given that he just returned from the U-17 World Cup, he may have been passed over.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Young played the final 30-plus minutes for Bremen II in a 1-0 loss to Aalen.