Timothy Fosu-Mensah – Crystal Palace
After a run of four straight Premier League defeats, Crystal Palace got a much needed 2-0 away win at Huddersfield Town last weekend. Timothy Fosu-Mensah had to settle for a spot on the bench once more.
The emergence of young right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, along with Roy Hodgson’s dependence on center-back pairing James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho has limited Fosu-Mensah’s game time – he has not featured in the last three games.
Utility man Jeffrey Schlupp – who is competition for Fosu-Mensah – left the field against Huddersfield with an ankle injury against Huddersfield Town. This could potentially increase the loan players time on the field if Schlupp is set for a stint on the sidelines.
There is good news for Fosu-Mensah fans, the 21-year-old has received a call-up to Ronald Koeman’s first ever Netherlands squad. The defender will be in contention to play against England and Portugal later this month.
Andreas Pereira – Valencia CF
Andreas Pereira returned to the Valencia CF squad in their game against Deportivo Alavéz last weekend. The playmaker was unsurprisingly left on the bench as he recovers from his injury sustained in early February.
Valencia won the game 3-1, helping cement fourth place in La Liga and a Champions League qualifying spot. Next up for Pereira is an away match-up against Leganés in early April.
Sam Johnstone – Aston Villa
It’s been a tough week for Sam Johnstone and Aston Villa. Two consecutive losses have dented their chances of automatic promotion to the Premier League, leaving them seven points off second place.
Last Saturday, Steve Bruce’s side fell to a surprise 1-0 away defeat at struggling Bolton Wanderers. The snow had been falling heavily in the north-west of England and conditions seemed to have an impact on Villa’s quality.
The only goal of the game came after 19 minutes, a Shola Ameobi corner found its way into the six-yard box and Adam Le Fondre converted the chance. The game was scrappy throughout, but it was Villa who carved out the better chances. Bolton have goalkeeper Ben Alnwick to thank for several key stops as the visitors pressure came to nothing.
Johnstone will hope to prevent his sides poor run of form after the international break when they travel to Hull City.
Axel Tuanzebe – Aston Villa
After a bright start, Axel Tuanzebe has been absent from Aston Villa’s past five games due to a hamstring injury. Reports from Aston Villa indicate that the defender will most likely be back by April.
Manager Steve Bruce has commented on how April will define Villa’s promotion hopeful season, so he will need all his players available for the busy period of football.
James Wilson – Sheffield United
Striker James Wilson was not in the Sheffield United squad that endured a goalless draw at home to Nottingham Forest. Wilson has suffered injuries during his short loan spell at the Championship club; whether or not injuries were reason for his absence is yet to be determined.
If healthy, Wilson will be in contention for selection after the international break, as Sheffield United travel to Brentford.
Dean Henderson – Shrewsbury Town
Shrewsbury Town have won three of their last four games in League One and are just one point of the top of the table. Since our last report, Paul Hurst’s side have played two games, winning last weekend before stumbling away at Northampton Town in a 1-1 draw.
Dean Henderson was particularly impressive in Shrewsbury Town’s 2-1 away win at Scunthorpe United last weekend. The 21-year-old saved a penalty and made several important saves to aide his sides comeback win.
Henderson is certainly making an impression for the League One outfit, his passion is undeniably striking and has made him a fan favorite.
Matty Willock – St. Johnstone
Matty Willock returned to the St. Johnstone squad after a game absence. He was an unused substitute in his sides 1-1 draw with Hibernian. Although Willock didn’t feature in this game, he played for St. Johnstone’s U-20s in their 3-0 loss to Dundee in a midweek fixture last week.
The midfielder will be up for selection in St. Johnstone’s next match, a home game against Hamilton after the international break.
Regan Poole – Northampton Town
Regan Poole has now missed the past seven League One fixtures for Northampton Town. Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has relied on senior players in his starting line-up, despite the youngster playing 21 times for The Cobblers.
Poole has been called up to the Wales U-21 squad ahead of the international break. Poole will be part of their squad for the UEFA Under 21 Group 8 qualifying match against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday March 23rd.