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Which injured players could miss the 2022 World Cup?

Nick Wilhelm

Updated: Nov 16, 2022 08:00

World Cup 2022: Injured stars ruled out or doubts to make it to the tournament in Qatar

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Ben Chilwell, a defender for Chelsea, was assisted off the field following a hamstring injury sustained during Chelsea's victory over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.

Numerous international football stars are expected to miss the tournament in Qatar, including Paul Pogba of France, who has now been ruled out due to a persistent knee issue.

Pogba suffered a preseason knee injury that required surgery to repair a torn meniscus in September. The 29-year-old started working out again, but his agent announced on October 31 that the midfielder would not play again for either Juventus or the world champions before the World Cup.

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Paul Pogba won't be going to Qatar due to a knee problem

Reece James is out after failing to recover from a knee injury in time, and as the World Cup draws nearer, Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips are still working their way back to fitness. England also has injury concerns.

Ben Chilwell, a defender for Chelsea, has announced that he will miss the 2022 World Cup after getting seriously hurt during Chelsea's victory over Dinamo Zagreb.

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Heung-Min Son of South Korea was another player whose World Cup readiness was believed to be in jeopardy.

The Tottenham forward, 30, suffered a fracture around his left eye on Tuesday during his team's 2-1 victory over Marseille. He underwent surgery to stabilize the fracture, but he has since declared himself healthy.

Takehiro Tomiyasu is expected to be a significant player for Hajime Moriyasu's team in Japan's squad for the Qatar match, which has been announced. His participation had been in doubt due to a muscle injury sustained in the closing minutes of Arsenal's Europa League victory over Zurich, but following some encouraging developments, the full-back is now anticipated to join the Japan team in Qatar.

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More Premier League stars missing the tournament include France midfielder

N'Golo Kante

and Portugal's

Diogo Jota

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More familiar faces who could also miss out...

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Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies could miss the World Cup with Canada

Less than two weeks before the World Cup kicked off, Sadio Mane was pulled out during Bayern Munich's 6-1 thrashing of Werder Bremen due to an injury.

Only 20 minutes had passed before Mane left the game due to a leg injury; this was 13 days before Senegal's tournament opener against the Netherlands.

Alphonso Davies' injury in Bayern Munich's 3-2 victory over Hertha Berlin just 15 days before the World Cup is scheduled to begin may deal Canada another devastating setback ahead of their first World Cup.

On the 64th minute, the full-back left the game and was replaced by Lucas Hernandez. He had just over two weeks to heal from this setback in order to be ready for the World Cup.

Sadio Mane of Senegal could now miss the tournament after limping out of Bayern Munich's match against Werder Bremen.

Gini Wijnaldum, who shattered his leg in August, will undoubtedly be missed by the Netherlands, but Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria appear to be winning their individual struggles with calf and hamstring problems to represent Argentina. Giovani Lo Celso's hamstring problem, though, raises some questions.

There was also good news for Germany supporters, as Manuel Neuer is getting closer to recovering from his shoulder injury. However, unlike his French teammate Lucas Hernandez from Bayern Munich, who is recovering from a groin injury, there won't be much time to get match-ready.

After admitting he had skin cancer treatment, Neuer may also be in danger of missing out. Since the beginning of October, the 36-year-old hasn't appeared for Bayern.

After breaking his ACL last season, wonderkid Florian Wirtz has resumed full training with Bayer Leverkusen and is allegedly a member of Germany manager Hansi Flick's provisional roster. Timo Werner, who tore an ankle ligament and won't be ready until the new year, will be absent, though.

After suffering ankle and knee injuries, Spain's Dani Olmo and Mikel Oyarzabal, who were instrumental in their journey to the Euros semifinals last summer, are in a similar scenario.

Jesus "Tecatito" Corona, a winger for Sevilla, fractured his left ankle while working out with the La Liga team in August. He had surgery, so he will not be participating in the Mexico team.

The 29-year-old was included in Gerardo Martino's preliminary 31-man squad for Mexico, but Jorge Sampaoli, the manager of Sevilla, said he wouldn't be able to train again until December.

Which injured PL players could miss the World Cup?

Arsenal

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Emile Smith Rowe is out of the World Cup following groin surgery

OUT

Emile Smith Rowe, England: Surgery on groin tendon

DOUBT

Takehiro Tomiyasu, Japan: Muscle injury

Aston Villa

OUT

Boubacar Kamara, France: Recovering from knee ligament injury

DOUBT

Philippe Coutinho, Brazil: Quad injury

Bournemouth

DOUBT

David Brooks, Wales: Hamstring injury after cancer (Hodgkin lymphoma) all clear and hasn't played since September 2021

Years and caps do not always go together. With an average age of 29 years and 157 days, Iran enters the competition as the oldest team, ahead of Mexico, Tunisia, and tournament favorites Argentina and Brazil.

Brentford

DOUBT

Christian Norgaard, Denmark: Recovering from Achilles injury, due back early November

Brighton

OUT

Jakub Moder, Poland: ACL injury

Chelsea

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N'Golo Kante is out of the tournament with a hamstring injury

OUT

N'Golo Kante, France: Recovering from hamstring surgery

Wesley Fofana, France: Knee injury

Ben Chilwell, England: Hamstring injury

Leicester

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Ricardo Pereira won't be available for Portugal

OUT

Ricardo, Portugal: Recovering from Achilles surgery

Liverpool

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A calf injury has cost Diogo Jota his World Cup place

OUT

Arthur Melo, Brazil: Thigh injury

Diogo Jota, Portugal: Calf injury

Man City

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Kyle Walker is in a race against time to be fit following groin surgery

Nottingham Forest

DOUBT

Moussa Niakhate, Senegal: Hamstring injury

Southampton

OUT

Kyle Walker-Peters, England: Hamstring injury

DOUBT

Arel Bella Kotchap, Germany: Dislocated shoulder

Tottenham

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Richarlison is still hoping to be fit to represent Brazil

Wolves

Pedro Neto has been ruled out of the competition

OUT

Pedro Neto, Portugal: Ankle injury

DOUBT

Raul Jiménez, Mexico: Groin injury

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