Aussies Abroad weekend wrap: Key men march on in Belgium, Germany and Serbia
Missed your Caltex Socceroos in action over the weekend?
We've got you covered.
Every week we're wrapping up all the club football action involving our Aussies abroad.
And there's some good news to report with several players topping the table in their domestic divisions!
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The new Belgian Pro League season is unfolding well for Danny Vukovic and KRC Genk, who remain unbeaten after beating Cercle Brugge 5-2 away from home.
Vukovic played 90 minutes to help his side remain two points behind pacesetters Club Brugge.
Brad Jones is also enjoying the early stages of his Al Nassr tenure, helping the Saudi Pro League club to their fourth win on the trot thanks to a 1-0 win over Al-Taawoun.
Mat Ryan was less fortunate with his Brighton and Hove Albion edged 2-1 by Tottenham in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, in Japan, Mitch Langerak's Nagoya Grampus slipped to a 3-1 loss against Kawasaki Frontale.
Like Vukovic, Milos Degenek is enjoying a strong league start with Red Star Belgrade in Serbia.
Though the league leaders were unable to maintain their perfect record after a 1-1 draw in the Eternal derby against Partizan Belgrade - in which Degenek played the full match - but it was still enough to stay two points clear in first.
PSV are likewise flying in the Netherlands, with Trent Sainsbury and Aziz Behich watching from the bench as Mark van Bommel's men crushed Ajax 3-0.
Back in England, James Meredith played 84 minutes in Millwall's 2-0 defeat to the Championship's third-placed side West Brom.
Ben Garuccio helped Hearts keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Livingston - the Jam Tarts are now five points clear of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership.
Fellow left-back Brad Smith was forced off with a hamstring strain 17 minutes into Seattle Sounders' 3-0 defeat at LA Galaxy in MLS.
In South Korea, Connor Chapman helped Pohang Steelers bounce back to form with a 1-0 success against former club Incheon United.
Aaron Mooy will be determined to lead Huddersfield Town to some much-needed points in the coming weeks after they slid to the bottom of the Premier League following a 3-1 loss at Leicester City.
Elsewhere in England, Mile Jedinak played 90 minutes in the heart of defence but couldn't stop his Aston Villa team from going down 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday, while Jackson Irvine featured in an attacking midfield role as Hull City lost 3-0 at Reading.
It was also a frustrating outing for Massimo Luongo, with his 90 minutes not enough to prevent QPR from being shaded 1-0 by Norwich City.
Better tidings unfurled for Mark Milligan in Scotland as the veteran won in his first start for Hibernian.
Milligan shielded the defence superbly in a 3-0 victory over Dundee FC, for whom Jesse Curran played the second half.
Tom Rogic, meanwhile, was an unused substitute as Celtic fell to a shock 2-1 defeat away to Kilmarnock.
Awer Mabil started his second match in a row in Denmark as Midtjylland drew 0-0 away at SonderjyskE.
Fellow youngster Ajdin Hrustic was dismissed for a second yellow card late in the day as nine-man Groningen lost 3-1 to AZ Alkmaar, while in the Eerste Divisie, Sebastian Pasquali turned in a 90-minute shift in Jong Ajax's narrow 2-1 defeat to Go Ahead Eagles.
And in Austria, Jimmy Jeggo came on as a substitute for Austria Wien in a 3-0 loss to James Holland's LASK Linz.
Jamie Maclaren and Mathew Leckie both missed out over the weekend although Robbie Kruse did play nearly the entire match in VfL Bochum's 2-2 draw at Holstein Kiel in the 2. Bundesliga.
The incisive attacker could be wrapped in cotton wool for the midweek clash with Dynamo Dresden due to a calf concern.
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Twelve months ago, Caltex Socceroos defender Milos Degenek was playing in Japan — now, he’s tearing up Serbia’s SuperLiga, having been named in the league’s best eleven for the first half of the season. It’s a credit to Degenek, 24, who signed with Red Star Belgrade in July