Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. We’ve got injuries to deal with.
Just days after we celebrated Bobby Wood’s brace in only his second game with new club FC Erzgebirge Aue, his season may have come to a crashing halt. Wood fell victim to a dangerous tackle Friday vs. Darmstadt 98, forcing him to an early exit. Medical examinations later confirmed that he’d torn his MCL. He’ll be out of commission for at least eight weeks, perhaps longer if further testing reveals a suspected torn meniscus (link). Aue lost a close 1-0 decision and slipped back below the red line.
The news on Tim Ream is significantly better following his scary incident Saturday at Nottingham Forest. He injured his lower back and left the game on a stretcher in the 34th minute following a collision with the goal post. We don’t like to see guys leaving on stretchers. However, the good word came Monday from Bolton Wanderers that scans cleared Ream of any serious injury. He’ll miss Tuesday’s clash at Middlesbrough, but is expected to return to training later this week (link). Bolton went on to lose 4-1. On the other hand, it was a key win for Eric Lichaj’s Forest, who climbed back to 9th on the table, and still harbor designs on getting back in the Promotion Playoffs race.
If it wasn’t injury, it was illness. Alejandro Bedoya’s immune system took a beating from a severe flu attack last week, keeping him out of FC Nantes 1-0 loss at Lyon (link). Fingers crossed for a quick recovery.
Brighter news? How about Jonathan Bornstein’s return? He made his first Liga MX start since October 2012 back when he was with Tigres. He started and went the distance for Querétaro in a 2-1 loss at Monterrey. Elsewhere in Mexico, the American contingent in Tijuana continues to roll. The Xolos are now alone atop the Clausura table following a 1-0 win at Leones Negros. Greg Garza put in 90 minutes and Joe Corona had another 30 minute stint off the bench. The news was also good for Puebla’s resident Yanks as La Franja won 2-1 at Morelia. Michael Orozco with a full 90 for Puebla, though Hérculez Gómez didn’t get off the bench.
In the Eredivisie, 19-year-old South Carolina native Desevio Payne made his first career start. He put in a full 90 in Groningen’s 3-1 loss at Heerenveen, and is emerging as an interesting candidate for the U-20 World Cup roster this summer.
Back to Germany, where the news all-around wasn’t good (Wood’s injury, Julian Green in limbo, Fabian Johnson not playing, Andrew Wooten’s missed penalty), we’ll end with a John Brooks highlight. Nevermind that Hertha BSC lost 2-1 Sunday at Wolfsburg and are in severe danger of relegation. Let’s just appreciate his fine contribution to Hertha’s goal. While not credited with an assist, his chip pass got the sequence started and led to a great goal (highlights). Silver linings.
Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there this weekend (Friday thru Sunday):
AUSTRIAN BUNDESLIGA (Austria)
Conor O’Brien (Weiner Neustadt) – Conor started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Wiener Neustadt’s 3-3 draw at Sturm Graz.
PREMIER LEAGUE (England)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – Geoff was not in the 18 Saturday in Stoke City’s 2-1 win at Aston Villa. He was serving a suspension following his red card in last weekend’s FA Cup loss at Blackburn.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) – Brad started, made 3 saves and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Aston Villa’s 2-1 loss vs. Stoke City.
Tim Howard (Everton) – Tim started, made 3 saves, but also had two gaffes leading to goals Sunday in Everton’s 2-2 draw vs. Leicester City.
THE CHAMPIONSHIP (England – Second Division)
Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) – Duane was not in the 18 Saturday in Huddersfield Town’s 0-0 draw vs. Cardiff City.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Nottingham Forest’s 4-1 win vs. Bolton Wanderers.
Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic) – Gooch was not in the 18 Friday in Charlton Athletic’s 3-0 win at Wigan Athletic.
Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) – Tim started and played 34 minutes Saturday in Bolton Wanderers’ 4-1 loss at Nottingham Forest. He left the match on a stretcher after colliding with the goal post. The injury has been determined not to be serious, and could return as early as this weekend.
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Birmingham City’s 4-3 loss at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Reading’s 1-0 win at Ipswich Town.
CONFERENCE NATIONAL (England – Fifth Division)
Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) – Jon-Paul came off the bench, played 19 minutes and scored a goal Saturday in Grimsby Town’s 3-1 win at Barnet (highlights)
U18 PREMIER LEAGUE (England – Youth Division)
Luca De La Torre (Fulham U18) – Luca scored a goal Saturday in Fulham U18’s 4-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur U18.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading U18) – Andrija started and scored a goal Saturday in Reading U18’s 2-1 win vs. Chelsea U18.
Antonee Robinson (Everton U18) – Antonee started, played the full 90 minutes and had an assist Saturday in Everton U18’s 5-0 loss vs. Liverpool U18.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha BSC) – John started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Hertha BSC’s 2-1 loss at Wolfsburg (highlights).
Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Timmy started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-1 loss at Mainz 05.
Julian Green (Hamburger SV) – Julian was not in the 18 Sunday in Hamburger SV’s 1-1 draw vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Fabian Johnson was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 1-1 draw at Hamburger SV.
2.BUNDESLIGA (Germany – Second Division)
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt 04) – Alfredo started and played 63 minutes Friday in Ingolstadt 04’s 1-1 draw at Aalen.
Bobby Wood (FC Erzgebirge Aue) – Bobby started and played 54 minutes Friday in Erzgebirge Aue’s 1-0 loss vs. Darmstradt 98. He exited the match after being injured by a dangerous tackle. Aue announced Saturday that he has a torn MCL and possible torn meniscus and will miss at least two months.
Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew started, played 76 minutes, and had a failed penalty kick attempt Friday in SV Sandhausen’s 0-0 draw at Greuther Fürth (highlights).
U-19 BUNDESLIGA (Germany – Youth Division)
Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund U-19) – Junior started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Borussia Dortmund U19’s 3-1 loss vs. MSV Duisburg U19.
Desevio Payne (Groningen) – Desevio started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Groningen’s 3-1 loss at Heerenveen. It was the first career start for the 19-year-old South Carolina native.
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht) – Rubio was on the bench but did not play Saturday un Utrecht’s 1-1 draw at Heracles.
LIGA MX (Mexico)
Ventura Alvarado (Club America) – Ventura started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Club America’s 2-1 win at Pumas.
Jonathan Bornstein (Querétaro) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Querétaro’s 2-1 loss at Monterrey. It was his first Liga MX start since October 2012 with Tigres.
Edgar Castillo (Club Atlas) – Edgar started, played the full 90 minutes, and had a 90’ yellow card Friday in Club Atlas’s 1-0 win at Santos Laguna.
Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – Joe came of the bench and played 30 minutes Sunday in Tijuana’s 1-0 win at Leones Negros.
Gabriel Farfán (Chiapas) – Gabriel was not in the 18 Saturday in Chiapas’ 1-0 win vs. Tigres UANL.
Greg Garza (Club Tijuana) – Greg started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Tijuana’s 1-0 win at Leones Negros.
Hérculez Gómez (Puebla F.C.) – Herc was on the bench but did not play Friday in Puebla’s 2-1 win at Morelia.
Michael Orozco (Puebla F.C.) – Michael started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Puebla’s 2-1 win at Morelia.
Jesus Vazquez (Leones Negros) – Jesus started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Leones Negros’ 1-0 loss vs. Tijuana.
ASCENSO MX (Mexico – Second Division)
Sonny Guadarrama (Atlante) – Sonny came off the bench, played 51 minutes, and had a 46’ yellow card Saturday in Atlante’s 3-0 loss at Atlético San Luis.
Stevie Rodriguez (Doradas de Sinaloa) – Stevie was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Dorados’ 2-1 loss at Necaxa.
U20 LEAGUE (Mexico – Youth Division)
Fernando Arce, Jr. (Club Tijuana) – Fernando started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Club Tijuana U20’s 1-1 draw vs. Leones Negros U20.
Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – Paul started and played 57 minutes Sunday in Club Tijuana U20’s 1-1 draw vs. Leones Negros U20.
Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana) – Alejandro started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Club Tijuana U20’s 1-1 draw vs. Leones Negros U20.
Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana) –Amando started, played 82 minutes and scored a goal Sunday in Club Tijuana U20’s 1-1 draw vs. Leones Negros U20.
John Requejo (Club Tijuana) – John started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Club Tijuana U20’s 1-1 draw vs. Leones Negros U20.
David Estrada (Stabæk IF) – David started and played 85 minutes Sunday in Stabæk’s 0-0 draw in a friendly vs. Chicago Fire. He is only on trial with the club at this time.
ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report
Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes) – Alejandro has been suffering from a case of the flu this week. He missed FC Nantes’ game Sunday at Lyon (link).
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7. There is no timetable for his return, but is expected to miss the rest of the 2014-15 season.
Cody Cropper (Southampton) – Cody is recovering from a fractured eye socket injury suffered January 12 in a youth match vs. Fulham. He is believed to be nearing a return to game action.
Josh Gatt (Molde) – Josh is still rehabbing from an ACL-related setback suffered in May 2014, following an earlier surgery to repair a torn ACL & LCL. There is no set schedule for his return, though he hopes to back to playing by April.
Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund) – Joe is recovering from a second knee surgery following his initial injury suffered on October 10 playing for the USMNT vs. Ecuador. It is unlikely he returns before the end of the 2014-15 season.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) – Emerson is recovering from a broken collarbone suffered on January 24 during a U.S. U-20 World Cup Qualifying match vs. El Salvador. He is expected to miss up to six weeks of action.
Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar) – Aron suffered a minor ankle injury on February 5 at Ajax. It was initially expected that he may only miss one game, but he hasn’t played since, missing three games now, and still isn’t in full training. His return remains undetermined.
Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) – Tim left on a stretcher after a collision with the goal post on February 20 at Nottingham Forest. He will miss Tuesday’s match at Middlesbrough, but could return by the weekend to face Brighton & Hove Albion (link).
Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Jose is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk. The procedure took place on January 19 and recuperation is expected to take 10 to 12 weeks.
Zak Whitbread (Derby County) – Zak remains sidelined with back and hamstring issues. He started a U21 match January 20 (link), but has not appeared in three U21 matches since. His last senior team appearance was October 25.
Bobby Wood (FC Erzgebirge Aue) – Bobby suffered a torn MCL and will be examined for a possible torn meniscus. He suffered the injury on February 20 vs. Darmstadt 98. He is expected to be out at least eight weeks, likely longer when full extent is known (link).
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) – DeAndre suffered an apparent leg injury on February 8 while playing for the USMNT vs. Panama, exiting the game early. Jürgen Klinsmann said Yedlin “should be fine” (link).