World Cup: amid uncertainties and injuries, France are not the only selection to suffer

The list of 26 players who will go to Qatar is long overdue. One thing is certain, the French team will appear without two of its captains during its coronation in 2018: Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté. In addition to his packs, the Blues can also worry about injuries from Raphaël Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Mike Maignan or Karim Benzema.

A mid-season World Cup that damages the other selections a lot. Overview.

Did Senegal say goodbye to Mané?

He could be the second of the last Ballon d’Or to miss the match in Qatar. Bayern Munich forward Sadio Mané was injured against Werder Bremen on 20 minutes after a blow to the leg. After the match, Bayern Munich assistant manager Dino Toppmoeller tried to reassure the Senegalese: “It’s nothing serious and his participation in the World Cup is not in question.” However, two days from the list of coach and African Cup title holder Aliou Cissé, concern is growing for a probable package from the Senegalese winger. The team even announces that his package is already registered. Nothing has been made official yet.

Belgium is worried about Lukaku

Will the Red Devils show up in Qatar without their serial scorer? Romelu Lukaku, 102 appearances and 68 goals for Belgium, is still uncertain. The Inter striker, injured in his left thigh, has only played 31 short minutes since 26 August. The former Chelsea and Manchester United striker had a relapse in late October and was not in the group for Inter’s last two matches against Bayern Munich and Juventus. Roberto Martinez should not select Lukaku if he is unable to play the group stage. The Belgian coach, who will announce his list on Thursday 10 November, has already lost Milan midfielder Alexis Saelemaekers through injury.

Germany lost Werner

It’s not the Mannschaft’s biggest name, but Timo Werner was an indisputable asset in Hansi Flick’s eyes. The 55-game RB Leipzig striker injured his ankle on the final day of the Champions League. The former Chelsea striker will be absent until the end of the year and will therefore miss the World Cup. “The absence of Timo is a serious loss”, reacted for DFB the German coach who had installed Werner in the last two matches.

England in defense

Like the Blues, the Three Lions are also having problems in drawing the contours of their defense. As left-back, Ben Chilwell has already formalized his retirement following his left thigh injury against Dinamo Zagreb last week. It is on the right that the uncertainties for coach Gareth Southgate accumulate. According to Sky Sports, regular star Reece James will not recover from his knee injury in time. His competitor Kyle Walker isn’t faring much better. The Manchester City right-back, with groin surgery, has not played a game since the Manchester derby on 2 October.

Lo Celso, Jota, Mvogo… The other wounded

The last days of the various championships continue to make organizations suffer. Among the latest packages announced, we will miss Giovani Lo Celso a lot in the Albiceleste midfield. The 26-year-old Argentinian suffered a hamstring injury in Villarreal’s 0-1 defeat to Athletic Bilbao.

As for Switzerland and Ligue 1, Lorient goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo will also be absent in Qatar following a thigh injury against PSG.

For more notorious absences, Portugal will have to miss Liverpool forward Diogo Jota and Wolverhampton winger Pedro Neto.

The Netherlands will have to do without former Parisian Georginio Wijnaldum, who suffered a fractured right tibia earlier in the season. In short, he will miss people.

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