Which Premier League stars have been banned from the World Cup in Qatar with an injury and who will face a race against time to be fit?
Emile Smith Rowe, England: groin tendon surgery
Takehiro Tomiyasu, Japan: Muscle Injury
Boubacar Kamara, France: recovering from knee ligament injury
David Brooks, Wales: Hamstring injury after cancer (Hodgkin’s lymphoma) all clear and not played since September 2021
Christian Norgaard, Denmark: Recovering from Achilles tendon injury, back in early November
Jakub Moder, Poland: ACL injury
N’Golo Kante, France: recovering from hamstring surgery
Wesley Fofana, France: Knee injury
Reece James, England: Knee Injury
Ben Chilwell, England: Hamstring injury
Ricardo, Portugal: recovering from Achilles tendon surgery
Arthur Melo, Brazil: Thigh Injury
Diogo Jota, Portugal: calf injury
Kalvin Phillips, England: Recovering from Shoulder Surgery
Kyle Walker, England: Recovering From Groin Surgery
Raphael Varane, France: Hamstring Injury
Moussa Niakhate, Senegal: Hamstring injury
Arel Bella Kotchap, Germany: Dislocated Shoulder
Richarlison, Brazil: calf injury
Heung-Min Son, South Korea: eye injury
Pedro Neto, Portugal: Ankle injury
Raul Jimenez, Mexico: Groin Injury
Familiar faces who can miss it too
The tournament in Qatar will also take place without a number of other global football stars, with the French Paul Pogbag now confirmed to be out of the World Cup due to an ongoing knee problem.
Pogba injured his knee in the preseason and went under the knife in September to repair a damaged meniscus. The 29-year-old resumed training, but on October 31 his agent said the midfielder would not play for Juventus or the world champions before the World Cup.
Meanwhile, Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku is a big doubt after picking up a hamstring problem.
The Netherlands will certainly be missing Gini Wijnaldumwho broke his leg in August, but Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria look on course to win their own fights with calf and hamstring injuries respectively to represent Argentina.
There was also good news for fans of Germany, with: Manuel Neuer almost back from his shoulder injury, though, like his Bayern Munich teammate, Lucas Hernandezwho is back from a groin injury, there will be little time before the World Cup to get competitive.
Neuer could also be at risk of missing out after revealing he’s undergoing treatment for skin cancer. The 36-year-old has not played for Bayern since the beginning of October.
child prodigy Florian Wirtz has returned to full training with Bayer Leverkusen after tearing his ACL past term and has reportedly been included in the preliminary roster of Germany national coach Hansi Flick. But they will be without Timo Wernerwho has torn an ankle ligament and will not be fit until the new year.
Spain’s Dani Olmo and Mikel Oyarzabal – key figures in their build-up to the semi-finals of the European Championship last summer – are in a similar situation after ankle and knee injuries.
Sevilla winger Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona suffered a fracture to his left ankle in August while training for the La Liga club and underwent surgery, meaning he will be out of the league. Mexico plow.
The 29-year-old was named in national team coach Gerardo Martino’s 31-man squad, but Sevilla’s manager Jorge Sampaoli said he could not return to training until December.