Jojo Wollacott (Ghana)
Ghana arrived at the World Cup as the lowest-ranked staff in the competitors and with an acute goalkeeping disaster on their fingers. Their first selection, Charlton’s Wollacott, was a late omission after struggling a finger damage in the warm-up to Saturday’s League One sport at Burton. With Richard Ofori, the second selection, additionally sidelined, the head coach, Otto Addo, has been compelled to draft three inexperienced keepers to the squad.
Reece James (England)
The Chelsea defender described himself as “devastated” after failing to persuade Gareth Southgate that he was a danger price taking. James was dominated out for eight weeks after damaging knee ligaments in opposition to Milan in October and underwent a grueling rehabilitation program in an try and be match. He didn’t succeed, and is arguably England’s largest loss.
Miles Robinson (USA)
The Atlanta United defender performed a key position in the qualifying marketing campaign, constructing on his success at the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup when he scored the winner in the ultimate in opposition to Mexico, solely to rupture his left achilles tendon in opposition to the Chicago Fire in May. The 25-year-old underwent surgical procedure and isn’t anticipated to return till subsequent yr.
Presnel Kimpembe (France)
The French Football Federation hailed “the honesty of Presnel” after the Paris Saint-Germain defender knowledgeable Didier Deschamps on Monday that he didn’t really feel sufficiently recovered from a hamstring damage to assist the staff’s title protection. The 27-year-old was one in every of the few French World Cup-winners to take care of his stage finally summer time’s European Championship. His place has been taken by the uncapped Monaco defender Axel Disasi.
Ben Chilwell (England)
Southgate has gone from having a feast of right-backs to a famine on the left after the hamstring damage that Chilwell sustained in opposition to Dinamo Zagreb earlier this month, growing his reliance on Luke Shaw staying match and in-form throughout the event. Chilwell didn’t make an look for England at Euro 2020 however was displaying indicators of returning to kind following an ACL damage when his newest setback occurred.
Paul Pogba (France)
Pogba actually lived as much as the hype at the final World Cup when, unrecognizable from his Manchester United days, the midfielder was instrumental in France’s triumph on and off the pitch. There will be no repeat 4 years on, nonetheless. The 29-year-old has not featured for Juventus since returning to the membership in the summer time having undergone surgical procedure to restore a torn meniscus suffered in pre-season. He then broken a thigh muscle in coaching.
N’Golo Kanté (France)
Didier Deschamps will be with out each of the central midfielders who began France’s World Cup ultimate win over Croatia 4 years in the past as Kanté is sidelined by a hamstring damage. The 31-year-old suffered the drawback in August earlier than becoming a member of Chelsea’s listing of World Cup absentees when relapsing, and going below the knife, in October. None of the six midfielders in Deschamps’ squad had been concerned in Russia.
Giovani Lo Celso (Argentina)
Tottenham followers could not have witnessed the better of Lo Celso, however he has been an necessary a part of Lionel Scaloni’s plans in current seasons and is an enormous miss for Argentina in Qatar. The on-loan Villarreal midfielder suffered a muscle tear in opposition to Athletic Bilbao final month and is predicted to want surgical procedure. Scaloni mentioned Lo Celso was “irreplaceable”.
Marco Reus (Germany)
The luckless Borussia Dortmund favourite has been right here a number of occasions earlier than. When the 33-year-old was taken off on a stretcher with a critical ankle damage throughout September’s derby in opposition to Schalke there was despair and resignation round Signal Iduna Park. Reus missed Germany’s victorious 2014 World Cup marketing campaign with an ankle damage, missed Euro 2016 with a groin drawback, performed in the poor World Cup protection of 2018 and missed Euro 2020 with fatigue. The derby damage makes it 4 event absences out of 5.
Diogo Jota (Portugal)
“One of my goals collapsed,” posted the Liverpool ahead after a calf damage sustained in the closing minutes of October’s win in opposition to Manchester City shattered his World Cup ambitions. Jota had not lengthy returned to the Liverpool facet after a hamstring drawback and is unlikely to be match when the Premier League season resumes on Boxing Day. His absence, together with that of Wolves’ Pedro Neto, leaves Portugal extra reliant than typical on Cristiano Ronaldo.
Timo Werner (Germany)
Playing extra frequently in an effort to safe a spot at the World Cup was one in every of the causes Werner returned to RB Leipzig from Chelsea in the summer time. The striker made an encouraging begin, with 9 objectives in all competitions, just for an ankle ligament damage sustained the week earlier than Hansi Flick introduced his squad to derail these best-laid plans. Werder Bremen’s in-form Niclas Füllkrug has been known as up as a substitute.