Allan Rodrigues de Souza, Hertha Berlin

Young midfielder Allan Souza received some exciting news this week, when he was named as a late addition to the Brazil U20 squad for the South American Youth Football Championship in Ecuador in January. Allan could miss up to five Hertha Berlin games, with the final taking place on February 11.

Taiwo Awoniyi, NEC Nijmegen

NEC Nijmegen and Taiwo Awoniyi returned to non-competitive action after winter break this week, facing Sparta Rotterdam and PEC Zwolle during a training camp in Spain. Awoniyi played the first 45 in a 3-1 defeat to Rotterdam, before getting a 35 minute run out as Nijmegen lost to Zwolle 2-1. The Eredivisie returns next weekend, with NEC travelling to Willem II on Sunday.

Pedro Chirivella, Go Ahead Eagles

After making five first team appearances last season, 19-year-old Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella has found his opportunities limited this season, and had the first loan move of his young career confirmed on Friday with his temporary transfer to Eredivisie side Go Ahead Eagles. Chirivella joins until the end of the season, and will have his work cut out for him, with the Dutch outfit currently sitting at the bottom of the Eredivisie table with just three wins and a -15 goal differential.

Jon Flanagan, Burnley

A minor knee injury which kept Jon Flanagan out of action in Burnley’s two games last week also kept him out of his team’s 0-0 FA Cup draw at Sunderland on Saturday.

Ryan Fulton, Chesterfield

Already out of the FA Cup, Chesterfield were in league action this week, travelling to face League One highfliers Bradford City. Fulton did make six saves, but was unable to keep the Spireites from a 2-0 defeat. Next up for the Derbyshire side is a trip to Luton Town in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday.

Sam Hart, Port Vale

Sam Hart returned to action this week, replacing the injured Remie Streete after 39 minutes as Port Vale lost 4-0 at Danny Ward’s Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup Third Round. Hart made one clearance off the line with the score at 1-0 after 72 minutes, but was unable to prevent the eventual rout. Hart will hope to make his first start since November when the Valiants host MK Dons in League One on Saturday.

Lloyd Jones, Swindon Town

Swindon secured a crucial 1-1 draw with fellow relegation battlers Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, moving four points clear of the drop zone in the progress. Lloyd Jones again played the full 90 minutes, defending well, although an altercation with fans after the game marred his afternoon. Swindon face Bolton next weekend.

Ryan Kent, Barnsley

Barnsley kicked off their FA Cup campaign on Saturday afternoon at League Two Blackpool. Ryan Kent started on the bench, but came on for fellow Liverpool academy graduate Adam Hammill after 75 minutes as the Tykes sought to break a 0-0 deadlock. The game would go on to finish scoreless, with Barnsley now facing a home replay at Oakwell.

Lazar Markovic, Sporting CP

Lazar Markovic returned to the Sporting starting lineup on Wednesday night, as the Lisbon side travelled to face Vitória Setúbal in their final Taça da Liga cup group match. Markovic was removed at half time, with his side going on to lose 2-1. Nevertheless, Sporting won their group with six points from three games, advancing to the semi-final.

Markovic was not in the squad for Sporting’s 2-1 home win over Feirense on Sunday.

Danny Ward, Huddersfield Town

Danny Ward had the afternoon off as Huddersfield defeated Sam Hart’s Port Vale in the FA Cup, with Joel Coleman deputizing for the Welshman. Ward should return to the Huddersfield starting XI on Saturday, when the Terriers visit Sheffield Wednesday in a critical Championship promotion clash.

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Andre Wisdom, Red Bull Salzburg

Written by Jake Ware.

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