List of players who may miss the Football World Cup 2022
This is the most unusual World Cup ever. It is a crucial time in the European soccer season. Many players will be in peak form, but many others will be injured or uncertain until the very last minute.
Qatar 2022 will be an unusual event geopolitically. However, while it is not common to see players miss the largest soccer event on Earth, this year’s list of absentees and ‘doubtful’ is incredibly long.
This article reviews all the players from each team who will not be able to attend the World Cup with 100% certainty…or who will still be there.
This list will be updated up to the World Cup. It also includes players who are currently hurt but should make it to Qatar.
This group also includes the host team, which is the group that will be playing the opening match. Although it has been known for many months, the big casualty is Gini Wijnaldum.
He will be out of action until 2023 due to a fractured tibia. Van Gaal’s other injured players are not in danger; both are on the pre-list.
Senegal’s: absence of Keita Balde, the Barcelona youth player, who is prohibited for doping, is striking.
Netherlands: Marten De Roon (Atalanta – Doubt, flexor injury), Brian Brobbey (Ajax – Doubt, contusion), Georginio Wijnaldum (Roma – OUT, tibia fracture).
Qatar: Abdullah Al-Ahrak (Al-Duhail – OUT, cruciate ligament)
Ecuador: Joao Rojas (Monterrey – OUT, cruciate ligament), Robert Arboleda (Sao Paulo – Doubtful, ankle ligaments)
Senegal: Pape abou Cisse (Olympiacos – Doubt, hip issues), Bouna Sarr(Bayern Munich – OUT, knee problems), Keita balde (Spartak Moscow – OUT), anti-doping violation.
England has many uncertainties. Reece James is the main one. Southgate needs the Chelsea player and it appears that he won’t be 100% for the first match…but he will be available for the group stage.
Walker and key players from the other teams should be available. Bale (Wales), Azmoun, McKennie (USA), and McKennie (Iran), are the stars of their respective countries.
England: Chilwell (Chelsea-OUT, hamstring), Reece James, (Chelsea- Doubtful), knee injury), Kyle Walker, Manchester City – Doubtful (groin injury), Kalvin Philips (Manchester City-Doubtful), shoulder injury), Emile Rowe (Arsenal-Doubtful), groin operation
United States: Weston McKennie (Juventus – Doubtful, muscle injury), Miles Robinson (Atlanta – OUT, Achilles tendon)
Iran: Sardar Azmoun, Bayer Leverkusen (Doubtful Fiber Rupture), Allahyar Sayyadmanesh, Hull City (Doubtful, Thigh Injury).
Wales: Gareth Bale (LAFC – Doubtful, leg injury).
Although Argentina is a big favorite for Qatar, the Albiceleste are finding it difficult to cope with the weeks leading up to the tournament.
They are all injured and have multiple layers that could make them unfit for the World Cup, as well as the first match against Saudi Arabia. Romero and Paredes, Di Maria Lo Celso, Dybala
Scaloni is open to using any player who is not currently playing with their team. None of them can be ruled out.
Lo Celso is the most delicate. Messi has discomfort one week before the Argentina training camp.
The absence of Corona (Sevilla), who was seriously injured at the start of the season, is assumed in the rest of the group. Raul Jimenez should be there, but he has been absent from action for the entire season.
Argentina: Cristian Romero, Tottenham – Doubt thigh injury, Leandro Paredes, Juventus- Doubt flexor injury, Angel Di Maria (Juventus- Doubt flexor injuries… but back this weekend), Gio Li Celso (Villarreal- Doubt awaiting a medical report from club), Juan Foyth, Vilarreal- Doubt post-traumatic contusion), Paulo Dybala, Roma – Doubt muscle tear, Paulo Dybala, Paulo Dybala (Roma, Paulo Dybala, Paulo Dybala, tor, muscle tears).
Poland: Robert Gumny (Agusburg – Doubt, adductor injury), Jakub Moder (Brighton – OUT, cruciate ligament)
Mexico: ‘Tecatito’ Corona (Sevilla – OUT, fibula fracture), Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton – Doubtful, hip problems)
Saudi Arabia: Saleh Al Shari (Al Hilal, Doubtful Achilles tendon… But he’s getting into a rhythm now and should be available).
France: World Cup alarm. Deschamps is now concerned about other players, Karim Benzema & Tchouameni being recovered.
Kante and Pogba are both out with injury. The French coach hopes to get Maignan (an alternative goalkeeper to Lloris), Lucas Hernandez or Kounde back. Kamara, who sustained a serious injury just after signing for Aston Villa is pushing to make it. He is currently training with the group.
Christensen from Barcelona, should be in Qatar to be a starter in Denmark’s backline.
France: Jules Kounde, Barcelona-Doubtful, Muscle problems, Raphael Varane, Manchester United – Doubtful. Leg injury. Paul Pogba, Juventus – OUT. Mike Maignan (Milan-Out, right knee meniscus), N’Golo Kante, Chelsea – Hamstring. Boubacar Kamara (Aston Villa- Doubt. Knee injury. Lucas Digne (Aston Villa-Dobt., ankle injury).
Denmark: Andreas Christensen, Barcelona – Doubt and sprained ankle
Australia: Nathaniel Atkinson, Cammy Devlin, Nathaniel Atkinson, Hearts- Doubt ankle injury, Kyle Rowles, Hearts- Doubt ankle injury, Kyle Rowles, Hearts- Doubt broken foot, Harry Souttar, Stoke City – Doubt cruciate ligament
Tunisia: Omar Rekik, Sparta Rotterdam- Doubt muscle injury, Ellyes Skhiri, Cologne – Doubt fractured cheekbone.
Luis Enrique doesn’t have 100% confirmed absentees, but Oyarzabal (who appears to be on the pre-list), seems like he might be the first.
After his severe knee injury, the Real Sociedad player still hasn’t found a competitive rhythm.
Germany is missing Timo Werner, on the other hand. Reus, Sane and Muller should all be included in the squad. Wirtz was injured last spring and is trying to convince Flick.
Keylor Navas, Costa Rica’s Secretary of State, has been questioned by the last minute. Although he is expected to be there, he is experiencing back problems due to his inactivity at PSG.
Germany: Armell Bella-Kotchap, Bochum – Doubt shoulder injury, Leroy Sane, Bayern Munich – Doubt fiber rupture, Thomas Muller, Bayern Munich – Hip problems, Florian Wirtz, Florian Wirtz, Bayer Leverkusen Doubt cruciate ligament), Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund Doubt ankle ligaments), Timo Werner, RB Leipzig — OUT, ankle ligaments
Spain: Eric Garcia (Barcelona, Doubt) and Mikel Oyarzabal, Real Sociedad (Doubt), cruciate ligament.
Japan: Ko Itakura (Monchengladbach – Doubt, inner knee ligament), Hidemasa Morita (Sporting CP – Doubt, muscle injury), Ao Tanaka (Fortuna Dusseldorf – Doubt, capsule injury), Takefusa Kubo (Real Sociedad – Doubt, shoulder injury), Takuma Asano (Bochum – Doubt, inner knee ligament), Yuta Nakayama (Huddersfield – Doubt, Achilles tendon).
Costa Rica: Keylor Navas (PSG – Doubt, back problems)
Belgium is gearing up to host its final tournament of the golden generation, and there are some questions surrounding Roberto Martinez’s top names.
A Lukaku, who due to health problems has not played much in this season’s Inter League games.
He is actually being treated in Belgium to determine if he can make it to the World Cup. Hazard should be playing for the ‘Red Devils.
Ez Abde was the victim of a fiber leakage with Osasuna a few days back. He is one the brightest stars in this Morocco team.
Belgium: Thomas Meunier (Borussia Borussia Dortmund – Doubt fractured cheekbone), Alexis Saelemaekers [Milan – Doubt inner knee ligament], Romelu Lukaku [Inter – Doubt flexor injury].
Canada: Doneil Henry, Toronto – Doubt thigh injury, Scott Kennedy (Jahn Ragensburg, Doubt shoulder injury).
Croatia: Marcelo Brozovic, Inter – Doubt. Thigh Injury. Domagoj Vida, AEK – Doubt. Overload.
Morocco: Ez Abde, Osasuna – Doubt, ruptured fibres), Youssefen-Nesyri, Sevilla – Doubt Achilles tendon contusion, Tarik Tissoudali, KAA Gent – OUT Achilles tendon
Brazil is now able to breathe a bit easier. Richarlison, who had a terrifying scare with Tottenham, and Paqueta don’t seem to be in danger of losing the World Cup.
Diego Carlos is the one player who is out. He has had a terrible start to his time playing in the Premier League.
Arthur, who has been out of action due to injury until January, is unlikely to have been on board the plane, even if he were healthy.
Sommer, the legendary Swiss goalkeeper raised an alarm for his team when he had an ankle problem.
Brazil: Gleison Beer (Juventus – Doubt flexor injury), Richarlison(Tottenham – Doubt calf injury), Diego Carlos(Aston Villa OUT Achilles tendon), Lucas Paqueta West Ham – Doubt shoulder injury), Arthur Melo, Liverpool – OUT Muscle problem
Serbia: Erhan Mavic (Bochum, Doubt adductor Injury), Ivan Ilic, (Hellas Verona, Doubt muscle problems), Darko Lazovic (Hellas Verona, Doubt muscle problems), Andrija Zivkovic, PAOK – Doubt finger injury), Dusan Vahovic (Juventus, Doubt adductor injuries…should be back this weekend).
Cameroon: No known injuries
Switzerland: Yan Sommer (Monchengladbach-Doubt, ankle injury), Nico Elvedi, (Monchengladbach-Doubt, illness).
Heung Min-Son was the first to be alerted a few days back. After suffering an unusual injury to the left eye, Heung Min-Son, a Tottenham and South Korea player is racing against the clock to get to Qatar. He won’t be out of the race until the very last moment.
The absence of Diogo Jota from Portugal is now well-confirmed. Fernando Santos, a Liverpool player, was trying to get a Leao jersey as a starter.
Ronald Araujo will fight until the last to participate in the World Cup. The Uruguayan will do everything possible to make it home and continue his journey.
Portugal: Diogo Jota, Liverpool – OUT. Calf injury. Pedro Neto, Wolverhampton – OUT. Ankle injury. Ricardo Pereira, Leicester City – OUT. Achilles tendon.
Uruguay: Cavani (Valencia – Doubt, right ankle inflammation, (Ronald Araujo (Barcelona – Doubt, adductor injury), Mauro Arambarri (Getafe – OUT, ankle injury).
Ghana: no known injuries.
South Korea: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham – Doubtful, eye injury).