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The 27-year-old defender put in his first full 90-minute game since moving to Germany. Goal recaps that and other Canadian Abroad weekend action.

The painful truth about Canada's men national team program is that there simply aren't enough players getting regular minutes at high level professional clubs at the moment, and the list of Canadians currently abroad is evidence of that.

Each week, veterans and youngsters alike struggle to feature for their sides. There are some isolated bright spots, but for the time being this downturn is the unfortunate norm. 


One of the better-known Canadians struggling for playing time is André Hainault, who failed to consistently crack the lineup for VfR Aalen of the 2. Bundesliga after joining the side over the summer.

He finally got his first start for the club over the weekend, going 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw with SV Sandhausen. The two teams are neck-and-neck on the league table, with 10th place Sandhausen holding a one-point advantage over Aalen.

As for Hainault, going the full match on Friday more than doubled his total minutes played for the season.

Elsewhere in the German second division, defender Kevin McKenna was not in the squad for league-leading FC Köln in a 3-1 win over Dynamo Dresden.

McKenna had made the bench over the past couple of matches after a lengthy layoff, so hopefully for the 33-year-old his absence from the squad is not another long one.

Also battling injuries is Olivier Occean, whose mini-resurgence with FC Kaiserslautern was stopped short after the striker suffered a broken nose ahead of a weekend contest with SC Paderborn.

FCK could have used the 32-year-old, as the club dropped the match 1-0 to the visitors and fell behind FC St. Pauli in the promotion race.

The team that St. Pauli defeated to jump ahead of Occean's side was TSV 1860 Munchen, which fell 2-0 on Monday without the services of Rob Friend.

The imposing striker was left off 1860's 18-man roster for the match, the sixth time that has happened so far this season.

Up a rung in the Bundesliga, Canadian internationals Marcel de Jong and Simeon Jackson saw their clubs, FC Augsburg and Eintracht Braunschweig, respectively, go head-to-head on Saturday.

De Jong won the battle of the Canucks on two fronts: Augsburg won the match 4-1, and de Jong played the final 24 minutes (while Jackson was not on the team sheet for Braunschweig).


In the Turkish Süper Lig, Atiba Hutchinson took part in a wild match between Kasımpaşa and Beşiktaş over the weekend.

The 30-year-old midfielder was one of nine players carded in the game, which saw Kasımpaşa prevail 2-1 over Hutchinson's nine-man Beşiktaş side.

The loss pushed Beşiktaş closer to being on the outside looking in for a European spot, as a 3-1 win by Sivasspor over Rizespor on Saturday pulled that side level on points with fourth place Beşiktaş.

Once again, goalkeeper Milan Borjan was nowhere to be found for Sivasspor.

Meanwhile in the 1. Lig, Tosaint Ricketts started and played 87 minutes for Bucaspor in a 1-1 draw at Orduspor.

Bucaspor remains just above the relegation zone with 18 points from 16 games played.


In the Super League, midfielder Julian de Guzman remained in the bench for SKODA Xanthi as the club fell 3-0 at Platanias.

The lopsided result could see de Guzman back into the side next weekend.


Meanwhile in the Cypriot 1. Division, young striker Daniel Haber featured for league co-leader Apollon Limassol on Monday, subbing in at the 10th minute and exiting the match in the 85th as his side won 1-0 at Aris.

Apollon is tied at the top of the table with AEL, with both clubs boasting 30 points from 13 matches.


The top of the Championship table features a trio of clubs duking it out for first place, and two of those sides met up on Saturday as Leicester City hosted Burnley.

With only one point separating the teams in the standings, there was nothing between the sides during the match as it ended in a 1-1 deadlock. Unfortunately for David Edgar, he had to watch from the bench as the Burnley manager elected to leave the Canadian out of the starting lineup and only use one substitution.

The team currently occupying top spot in the standings is Queens Park Rangers, but like Edgar the club's lone Canadian remained on the bench for the weekend's fixture. Junior Hoilett did not participate during QPR's 2-0 victory at Blackpool.

Down a rung in League One, striker Iain Hume came off the bench in the 72nd minute for Preston North End in a 2-2 draw at Crawley Town.

Hume will be looking to regain a starting spot after having been named in the starting XI six times out of 11 league appearances so far this season.

Meanwhile, youngster Michael Petrasso played the full 90 on Saturday for Oldham Athletic in a 1-0 loss at Brentford.

The 18-year-old winger has racked up 201 minutes in four league appearances since joining Oldham on loan from QPR several weeks ago. Petrasso has also played 112 minutes in two cup matches for his loan side.



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