• Babajide EverBlazin

Players who would miss the World Cup through injury

Playing at the World Cup is the dream of every football player given that it's the pinnacle of global football.

As such, players whose nations have qualified for the tournament would by now, have their attention solely on making the final squad list for the quadrennial football showpiece - aside from their club engagements.

However, some players have agonizingly picked up injuries that could blight their chances of featuring or ultimately be ruled out of the 2022 edition of the competition which comes with loads of unprecedented excitements for their beloved nations.

With the tournament billed to kickoff on November 20th, we shall be looking at players who have been ruled out of the Mundial through injuries and those who are racing against being fit before the World Cup begins in Qatar.

Paulo Dybala - Argentina

"Dybala? Difficult to see him again on a pitch before 2023." Jose Mourinho was quoted during an interview with DAZN.

At a time when the nation's legendary all time scorer - Lionel Messi would be having his last dance in a FIFA tournament, the entire team must be free from costly health issues.

The 28-year old Roma playmaker has been injured for a period of four to six weeks after picking up a knock in Roma's 2-1 win over Lecce earlier this month.

Before his injury, he was in a good form for the Giallorossi, registering seven goals and two assists in eleven matches.

Without doubts, the form of Dybala might just make the propensity of his absence at this year's World Cup to be a colossal blow to the Argentine national team.

Richarlison - Brazil

The Brazilian and Tottenham Hotspurs forward was in tears as he limped off after fifty-two minutes of action during his side's 2-0 triumph over his former side Everton on Saturday.

Reports have revealed that he suffered a pull in a calf muscle with Antonio Conte confirming that he will be sent for a scan.

Richarlison however posted on social media after the game that he wishes to be in Qatar for the World Cup.

"I know it's hard to talk at this moment, but let's see, I'll recover. Monday, I have an exam but even walking hurts. I have to stay positive if I want to go to Qatar,

Reece James - England

This is nothing short of a bad news for James and Gareth Southgate as the Chelsea right back is set to be on the sidelines for eight weeks, thus missing the World Cup actions in Qatar.

However, after seeing a knee specialist for the injury he suffered in the UEFA Champions League crunch tie against AC Milan in Italy, the only respite is that he will not require any surgery which makes it possible for him to still play this season.

Meanwhile, the English FA has expressed dissatisfaction with Chelsea's handling of James' injury as he was left back in Italy after the game against Milan. It's now been revealed that the player's injury worsened overnight in Italy.

Chelsea can now only hope to have their versatile player back in the thick of things when the season resumes on Boxing Day.

Paul Pogba - France

The former Manchester United star has been out of the world cup since his return to Juventus the summer.

Pogba tore a meniscus in his right knee and has been on the sidelines ever since.

As France looks to defend the World Cup in Qatar, they will be without the services of the midfielder whose fantastic display propelled Les Bleus to an unlikely World Cup triumph four years ago.

Meanwhile, it's becoming very bleak for Didier Deschamp's side to retain the title after another important midfielder was ruled out of the competition last week...

N'golo Kante - France

Kante's injury problems has deteriorated recently and we probably won't be seeing the energetic and canny midfielder at this year's World Cup.

The Chelsea and French star is currently suffering from a recurrring hamstring injury - which he picked up during Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspurs at the Bridge in August.

He has not featured for the Blues since then and like Pogba, he was also tremendous to France's success story in Russia in 2018.

When two important players as Pogba and Kante are ruled out of a major tournament for a French side, it could only mean that the defending champions wouldn't be astute as they used to be in the middle of the park.

Other notable players who would be missing the world cup include:

Gini Wijnaldum - broken leg (Netherlands)

Kalvin Phillips - shoulder (England)

Emile Smith Rowe - groin (England)

Angel Di Maria - muscle (Argentina)

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