World Cup 2022 takes place in Qatar from November 20 to December 18; England face Iran on the second day of the tournament while Wales face USA; Wales vs England on November 29
Tuesday 1 November 2022 07:24, UK
Which Premier League stars have been ruled out of the World Cup in Qatar with injury and who is facing a race against time to be fit?
Emile Smith Rowe, England: Surgery on groin tendon
Bukayo Saka, England: Ankle injury currently being assessed
Boubacar Kamara, France: Recovering from knee ligament injury
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David Brooks, Wales: Hamstring injury after cancer (Hodgkin lymphoma) all clear and hasn’t played since September 2021
Christian Norgaard, Denmark: Recovering from Achilles injury, due back early November
Jakub Moder, Poland: ACL injury
N’Golo Kante, France: Recovering from hamstring surgery
Wesley Fofana, France: Knee injury
Reece James, England: Knee injury
Ricardo, Portugal: Recovering from Achilles surgery
Arthur Melo, Brazil: Thigh injury
Diogo Jota, Portugal: Calf injury
Kalvin Phillips, England: Recovering from shoulder surgery
Kyle Walker, England: Recovering from groin surgery
Raphael Varane, France: Hamstring injury
Moussa Niakhate, Senegal: Hamstring injury
Arel Bella Kotchap, Germany: Dislocated shoulder
Richarlison, Brazil: Calf injury
Pedro Neto, Portugal: Ankle injury
Raul Jiminez, Mexico: Groin injury
The tournament in Qatar is also set to be without some other global football stars, with France’s Paul Pogba now confirmed to be out of the World Cup due to an ongoing knee problem. Meanwhile, Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku is a major doubt after picking up a hamstring problem.
The Netherlands will definitely be missing Gini Wijnaldum, who broke his leg in August, but Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria look on course to win their own battles with calf and hamstring injuries, respectively, to represent Argentina.
There was also good news for Germany fans, with Manuel Neuer nearing a return from his shoulder injury, although, like his French Bayern Munich team-mate Lucas Hernandez, who is back from a groin injury, there will be little time to get match-sharp ahead of the World Cup.
Spain’s Dani Olmo and Mikel Oyarzabal – key figures in their run to the Euros semi-finals last summer – are in a similar situation after ankle and knee injuries.
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