Potential players absence in the FIFA world cup 2022
It is less than a month till the FIFA World Cup 2022 kicks off in Qatar, but some players are at risk of missing the chance of their career, all because of injuries.
From Kyle Walker to Angel di Maria, here is the list of players who could miss World Cup 2022 because of injuries.
Kyle Walker – England
Walker had undergone groin surgery in the beginning of October, which could cost him the World Cup 2022 if he could not recover soon enough.
Angel di Maria – Argentina
Angel Di Maria has been one of Argentina’s most important players in the last decade. The Juventus forward is, however, a doubt for the 2022 FIFA World Cup after picking up a muscular strain on his right thigh.
He was chasing a pass during Juventus’ 2-0 loss to Maccabi Haifa when hepulled up holding his right thigh. Di Maria immediately knew something had gone wrong and looked at the bench to signal something had gone wrong.
The 34-year-old is set to undergo a round of sets to determine the extent of his injury, according to Football Italia.
Paulo Dybala – Argentina
Paulo Dybala has been in excellent form for AS Roma in the 2022-23 season. He has scored seven goals and provided two assists in 11 appearances across all competitions for AS Roma so far this term.
Dybala picked up an injury in Roma’s win over Lecce this past weekend and was forced off. Scans revealed that the Argentine midfielder had injured one of his quadricep muscles. Sky Sports (via Fooball Italia) claim that he will miss out on action for four to six weeks.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off in about five weeks time and Dybala is in a race against time to regain fitness.
Reece James – England
Gareth Southgate is a huge fan of his right-backs. He included four right-backs in England’s squad for Euro 2020, namely Kyle Walker, Reece James, Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Unfortunately for Southgate, he is sweating on the fitness of a couple of them ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Chelsea right-back Reece James sustained a knee injury during the Blues’ 2-0 win against AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League in midweek.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – England
Alexander Arnold was forced off with a twisted ankle during Arsenal’s clash last Super Sunday.
Lionel Messi – Argentina
Calf injury Lionel Messi will miss PSG’s Champions League game with Benfica.
Paul Pogba – France
Paul Pogba picked up a meniscus injury in pre-season during Juventus’ tour of the USA. He is yet to play a minute for the Bianconeri since making a sensational return to the club as a free agent this summer.
Pogba could return before the World Cup but there’s a very good chance that his lack of match fitness could hamper his chances of going to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
N’Golo Kante – France
Chelsea and France midfielder N’Golo Kante has been sidelined since August 14 with a hamstring injury. The 31-year-old played a pivotal role in France’s triumphant run at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. However, he has struggled with niggling injury problems in recent years.
Kante was expected to return to the fray this week but suffered a setback in training. The extent of his injury is not yet known as per Chelsea boss Graham Potter’s admission