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World Cup 2022 – injured players who will miss the tournament: Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Reece James all OUT, Chilwell HUGE doubt


The QATAR World Cup will see the most famous names in world football compete in November and December.

England will be hoping to lift the trophy after reaching the semi-finals in 2018 before suffering defeat to Croatia.

Frenchman Paul Pogba will unfortunately be absent in Qatar

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Frenchman Paul Pogba will unfortunately be absent in QatarCredit: AFP

Brazil, France, Spain and Germany will stand in the way of Gareth Southgate’s men as football’s most successful stars compete for international glory.

However, there are expected to be many notable absences heading into the tournament.

Here is a full list of Qatar’s absentees, which SunSport will keep updated by November 20.

Argentina

AS Roma star Paulo Dybala could miss the World Cup after sustaining a freak injury against Lecce in October, with his boss Jose Mourinho admitting: “The injury looks very bad. I would say bad, but honestly after speaking with Paulo… I think very badly”.

Paulo Dybala will miss the World Cup through injury

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Paulo Dybala will miss the World Cup through injury
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He could be joined on the sidelines by teammates Joaquin Correa, who is doubtful for the tournament with a knee injury and veteran Angel Di Maria, who suffered a thigh problem.

Australia

The Socceroos are likely to be without Kye Rowles after breaking his foot, while Harry Southar was doubtful but is in line for a return for Stoke City ahead of the tournament and could therefore be called up.

Belgium

Alexis Saelemaekers is set to miss the tournament as the AC Milan star has been ruled out for the rest of 2022 after picking up a serious knee injury which saw him out of action for between six and eight weeks.

Brazil

Liverpool loanee Arthur Melo has also been ruled out of the tournament, suffering a long-term muscle injury after failing to secure a starting spot early in his spell in England.

Liverpool midfielder Arthur Melo, on loan from Juventus, will miss the World Cup

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Liverpool midfielder Arthur Melo, on loan from Juventus, will miss the World Cup

Cameroon

As things stand, Cameroon have a fully fit World Cup squad as they look to impress at the tournament.

Canada

The Canadians have no injury problems.

Alphonso Davies suffered a bump to the head against Pilsen in the Champions League but recovered and returned to action for Bayern Munich without a long-term injury.

Alphonso Davies will go to the World Cup with Canada

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Alphonso Davies will go to the World Cup with CanadaCredit: AP

Costa Rica

The Central Americans also enter the tournament with a team in great shape.

Croatia

Marcelo Brozovic has dealt with an injury but is deemed fit enough for selection despite his hamstring issues.

Denmark

Andreas Christensen faced a three-week absence for Barcelona with an ankle injury but should be back in time to travel to Qatar.

Ecuador

Joao Rojas has been ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury, while teammates Gonzalo Plata and Robert Arbeloda are also doubts.

England

Kalvin Phillips and Emile Smith Rowe will not be available for selection after surgeries for shoulder and groin injuries respectively.

Man City pair Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker set to be left out of England squad after having to undergo surgery

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Man City pair Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker set to be left out of England squad after having to undergo surgery

Reece James is also set to miss the tournament, with Chelsea ruling out their defender for eight weeks as Kyle Walker could also miss the World Cup at Southgate’s expense.

However, after being sent to Dubai for rehabilitation, the defender admitted he was refusing to give up on his dream of making the World Cup squad.

Ben Chilwell was helped by medical staff against Dinamo Zagreb

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Ben Chilwell was helped by medical staff against Dinamo Zagreb1 credit

His Chelsea team-mate Ben Chilwell is now a major doubt for the tournament after being knocked out in the Blues’ 2-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb.

The defender had struggled with an ACL injury in the past and was substituted in the final minutes, appearing in some discomfort before leaving the stadium on crutches.

World Cup 2022 - injured players who will miss the tournament: Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante, Reece James all OUT, Chilwell HUGE doubt

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France

Paul Pogba will miss for France, it has been confirmed.

The Juventus talisman suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury and won’t play a role in Qatar.

While fellow midfield sensation N’Golo Kante won’t step onto the biggest stage of them all either.

Kante underwent surgery on a hamstring injury.

Boubacar Kamara won’t be seen in Qatar after injuring his knee and doubts abound for the defending champions.

Lucas Digne, Lucas Hernandez and Presnel Kimpembe are all doubtful of making the tournament as France may have to dive into their depths if they are to qualify for the final stages of the tournament.

N'Golo Kante suffered another injury setback for Chelsea

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N’Golo Kante suffered another injury setback for Chelsea

And Manchester United star Raphael Varane is the latest Frenchman who could miss the World Cup after breaking down in tears against Chelsea.

But the latest news is that Varane should be out of action until at least the World Cup, with a chance he’ll be back in time to travel with France, Erik ten Hag has confirmed.

Germany

Marco Reus was close to World Cup heartbreak after an ankle injury at Borussia Dortmund but could still feature in the tournament as Florian Wirtz faces a race against time to recover from an ACL problem.

Ghana

Ghana have no injury problems heading into the World Cup.

Iran

Allahyar Sayyadmanesh faces a race against time to return for England’s Group B rivals.

Iran’s hopes will rest on the fitness of ‘Iranian Messi’ Sardar Azmoun, who has struggled with calf injuries this season but looks set to leave.

Sardar Azmoun hopes to propel Iran to glory

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Sardar Azmoun hopes to propel Iran to gloryCredit: AFP

Japan

Former Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi has been ruled out with an ACL injury while fellow former gunner Takuma Asano remains a doubt alongside Ko Itakura, both with knee issues.

Mexico

Jesus Corona will miss the tournament after breaking his leg while Wolves striker Raul Jimenez faces a race against time to return.

As things stand, it would take a huge stroke of luck for Jimenez to return, he is currently in Mexico with a reported chronic fatigue issue, having missed most of Wolves’ recent Premier League games.

The striker hasn’t been himself since fracturing his skull in 2020, but he’s been a regular starter for Wolves since his return.

Jesus Corona is another big absentee from the World Cup

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Jesus Corona is another big absentee from the World Cup

Netherlands

Former Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum will miss the World Cup with a broken leg while Matthijs de Ligt remains a doubt with a groin injury.

Poland

Brighton’s Jakub Moder will miss the tournament with an ACL injury while Pawel Dawidowicz remains a doubt.

Portugal

Portugal have been hit hard as Diogo Jota is the latest confirmed absentee for the tournament.

Diogo Jota will miss the World Cup after being stretched out for Liverpool

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Diogo Jota will miss the World Cup after being stretched out for LiverpoolCredit: PA

Pedro Neto and Ricardo Periera are also out through injury. Nuno Mendes and Pepe also have doubts ahead of the tournament.

Qatar

Host country Qatar will be without Abdullah Al-Ahrak due to a cruciate ligament injury, which will rule him out of the home tournament.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia have a fully fit squad heading into the competition.

Senegal

Double blow for the African team since Bouna Sarr is injured in the knee and Keita Balde is banned for violating the anti-doping rules.

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Serbia

Both Ivan Ilicic and Darko Lazovic are doubts for the World Cup due to muscle problems.

South Korea

South Korea have no new injury concerns ahead of the tournament.

Spain

Luis Enrique’s side could be without duo Dani Olmo and Mikel Oyarzabal as they remain uncertain ahead of the World Cup.

Dani Olmo and Mikel Oyarzabal hope to return to Spain in time

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Dani Olmo and Mikel Oyarzabal hope to return to Spain in time

Swiss

The Swiss enter the competition with a new squad and no injury concerns.

Tunisia

Tunisia is optimistic, with no one absent for the moment.

United States

Miles Robinson’s Achilles injury put him in doubt before November, but the rest of the squad are in good shape as they hope to return the USMNT to glory this winter.

Uruguay

Ronald Araujo is one of the last Barcelona players to pick up the injury after his groin problem ruled him out of action.

However, Uruguayan Football Association National Teams Director Jorge Giordano provided a positive update, saying they expect Araujo to be fit for Uruguay.

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Wales

England’s final group stage opponents Wales have a squad in fine form as they look to cause an upset in Qatar.

Gareth Bale has had some injury issues to deal with along the way, as has Aaron Ramsey who is notoriously injury prone.

Who else will miss the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?

Players like Erling Haaland and Mo Salah will not make the trip to the Middle East, having failed to qualify with their country, while Italy will also not take part in the tournament.

Alongside these notable absentees, other big names will be absent through no fault of their own.

We’ve got you covered with all the latest injury news ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, missing out through injury.



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