Fact box: World Cup 2022: Which big footballers are missing from the FIFA tournament?

Nov 20 (Reuters) – The following is a list of players who have been ruled out or are doubtful for the FIFA World Cup, which runs from Sunday to December 18, due to injury.

PAUL POGBA (FRANCE)

Pogba injured his knee in pre-season and underwent surgery in September to repair a damaged meniscus.

The 29-year-old resumed training but on October 31 his agent said the midfielder would not return for Juventus or world champions France before the World Cup.

N’GOLO KANTE (FRANCE)

The Chelsea midfielder suffered a setback in his rehabilitation with a hamstring injury that limited him to two league games this season. He will be sidelined for four months after the operation.

GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM (NETHERLANDS)

AS Roma midfielder Wijnaldum broke his leg in August and was eliminated from the World Cup.

FLORIAN WIRTZ (GERMANY)

Bayer Leverkusen’s Wirtz made four appearances for Germany in 2021 but has not played for club or country since suffering a knee injury in March.

MIKE MAIGNAN (FRANCE)

AC Milan goalkeeper Maignan, who made four appearances for France, is missing from the World Cup squad with a calf injury.

MIKEL OYARZABAL (SPAIN)

Real Sociedad forward Oyarzabal tore his anterior cruciate ligament in training in March and failed to recover in time to be included in Spain’s World Cup squad.

TIMO WERNER (GERMANY)

The 26-year-old RB Leipzig forward picked up an ankle injury in the 4-0 Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk in early November and will be out for the rest of 2022.

REECE JAMES (ENGLAND)

The 22-year-old right-back injured his knee in Chelsea’s Champions League game against AC Milan in October and said he will not be part of the England team.

DIOGO IOTA (PORTUGAL)

The Liverpool striker will miss the tournament with a calf injury sustained in the win over Manchester City, but Premier League club manager Jurgen Klopp said he would not need an operation.

PEDRO NETO (PORTUGAL)

The 22-year-old Wolverhampton Wanderers winger will have surgery on an ankle injury he sustained against West Ham United in October.

BOUBACAR KAMARA (FRANCE)

The Aston Villa midfielder suffered a knee ligament injury in September that will sideline him until after the World Cup.

ARTHUR MELO (BRAZIL)

Liverpool’s midfielder on loan picked up a muscle injury ahead of a Champions League clash with Rangers in October.

SCOTT KENNEDY (CANADA)

The 25-year-old defender suffered an unusual shoulder injury at SSV Jahn Regensburg in the second German division at the end of October.

JESUS ​​’TECATITO’ CORONA (MEXICO)

The Sevilla winger suffered a broken left ankle while training with the LaLiga club in August and underwent surgery.

GIOVANI LO CELSO (ARGENTINA)

The midfielder picked up a hamstring injury while playing for Villarreal. Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni described him as “irreplaceable” when naming his squad.

MARCO REUS (GERMANY)

The Borussia Dortmund captain suffered an ankle injury and was unable to recover in time. Reus also missed the 2014 World Cup after injuring himself on the eve of Germany’s departure for Brazil, where they won the title.

BEN CHILWELL (ENGLAND)

Left-back Ben Chilwell picked up a hamstring injury in added time in Chelsea’s Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb and said days later he had suffered “significant damage” that would rule him out of the World Cup.

PRESNEL KIMPEMBE (FRANCE)

The Paris St. Germain centre-back is out with a hamstring injury.

YUTA NAKAYAMA (JAPAN)

The defender will miss the World Cup after being ruled out for the remainder of the season with an Achilles injury.

AMINE HARIT (MOROCCO)

Olympique de Marseille’s Moroccan striker Amine Harit sustained a knee injury during a Ligue 1 game against AS Monaco, ruling him out of the tournament.

SADIO MANE (SENEGAL)

Sadio Mane was called up in Senegal’s squad for the World Cup despite picking up an injury at FC Bayern Munich but was ruled out of the tournament after officials confirmed he would need surgery for the injury.

CHRISTOPHER NKUNKU (FRANCE)

The RB Leipzig striker was included in France’s squad for the World Cup but was ruled out of the tournament after sustaining a left knee injury following a tackle by team-mate Eduardo Camavinga in training.

JOSE GAYA (SPAIN)

Valencia left-back Jose Gaya has been withdrawn from Spain’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar after suffering an ankle injury in training.

MAXIME CREPEAU (CANADA)

Goalkeeper Crepeau has been ruled out of the tournament after breaking his leg in the MLS Cup final for Los Angeles FC earlier this month.

JOAQUIN CORREA (ARGENTINA)

Inter Milan striker Correa has been dropped from Argentina’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar after suffering an injury.

NICOLAS GONZALEZ (ARGENTINA)

Fiorentina striker Gonzalez has been dropped from Argentina’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar because of a muscle injury.

KARIM BENZEMA (FRANCE)

Real Madrid striker and Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema has been ruled out of the World Cup for France after suffering an injury in training the day before the tournament began.

Compiled by Hritika Sharma, Aadi Nair, Rohith Nair and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, Tommy Lund in Gdansk; Edited by William Mallard and Christopher Cushing

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