the favorites tremble as they count their injuries

the favorites tremble as they count their injuries

Less than a fortnight before the start of the World Cup, the contenders for victory are under pressure with sometimes very full infirmaries and great uncertainties. State of play.

Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ben Chilwell … The favorites of the World Cup-2022 will be deprived of a few stars in Qatar, forced into the package. Other players, uncertain, worry their coaches before the announcement of the lists this week.

Germany

Timo Werner was expected to be Germany’s centre-forward but a left ankle injury will sideline him until the end of the calendar year.

Absent for four weeks in goal for Bayern Munich, Manuel Neuer (shoulder) returned on Saturday, like Leroy Sané after a muscle tear. On the other hand, Thomas Müller has only played snatches of matches since the end of September due to recurring hip and pelvis problems.

Finally, in the defensive sector, Antonio Rüdiger, embarrassed with a hip according to the press, should not play the last two matches of Real Madrid.

England

In England, the injured are concentrated in the defensive sector.

On Saturday, Ben Chilwell was the first to definitively throw in the towel after a scan of his hamstrings, while his teammate Reece James, even if he will not play again before the announcement of the selection on November 10, still hopes be on the list.

Substantially in the same position, Kyle Walker could be handed over in time, just like his Manchester City teammate, Kalvin Phillips.

Argentina

Achilles tendon inflammationwhich touches Lionel Messi has undoubtedly made Albiceleste fans shiver. But the Pulga is expected for the next match of Paris SG.

Central defender Christian Romero (muscular injury) will not play again with Tottenham before the World Cup but should be able to hold his place in selection, like Angel Di Maria, back with Juventus.

Paulo Dybala has been out since his injury on October 9, but it cannot be ruled out that he will be in AS Roma’s squad on Sunday.

It seems more complicated for Giovani Lo Celso: the Villarreal winger left injured on October 30, complaining of a thigh. The best scenario would be a return to the eighth.

Belgium

Belgium is worried about its striker Romelu Lukaku: the Inter striker is experiencing a relapse to a thigh injury and is being treated in Belgium. Some media announce package for Belgium-Canada on November 23.

Alexis Saelemaekers (AC Milan), injured knee, may not recover in time.

Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund), victim of a fractured cheekbone, missed five matches but remains hopeful of being there.

Brazil

Striker Richarlison, injured in the calf, should resume collective training in the coming days with Tottenham, Brazilian media have said. His compatriot Lucas Paqueta has just returned to the field with West Ham, like Gleison Bremer with Juve.

Spain

Spain is spared: only Eric Garcia (muscular discomfort) and Mikel Oyarzabal, back in training after a long knee injury, are fragile. But they apply.

France

2018 World Champions, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté have withdrawn.

Coach Didier Deschamps is watching the recovery of two important defenders with concern:Raphaël Varane (thigh), announced available by L’Equipe on Mondayand Presnel Kimpembe (Achilles tendon).

The first will not play again, a priori, with Manchester United before the World Cup. The second, on the other hand, is hoped for with PSG on Sunday.

Other players remain fragile: Jules Koundé (muscle discomfort in one thigh) and Karim Benzema, absent on Monday. Mike Maignan is uncertain (calf) like Lucas Digne, who came out injured on Sunday with Aston Villa.

Netherlands

Georginio Wijnaldum, victim of a broken tibia, withdrew. But the Netherlands are generally spared: Martin De Roon (thigh) returned to competition this weekend, and Matthijs de Ligt (knee) should be back on Saturday with Bayern.

Portugal

Pepe, 39, has been sidelined since early October. “A nasty wound“, According to his coach in Porto Sergio Conceiçao, pessimistic about his chances of selection.

Striker Diogo Jota is already forfeited: “We speak in months“Explained Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp after his calf injury in mid-October.

Winger Pedro Neto and defender Ricardo Pereira also forfeited.

Son, Davies, Vlahovic…

Victim of aorbital fractureSouth Korean Heung-min Son fears the worst, but the door remains open to Qatar.

Senegal will have to do without Bouna Sarr (knee), Denmark are not sure of recovering Andreas Christensen (ankle).

Canada, for its part, is worried about Alphonso Davies (thigh), but his club assured that his World Cup was “not in danger“.

Serbian Juve star Dusan Vlahovic, victim of pubalgia, is hoped for this week.

Finally, Uruguay fears an absence of Edinson Cavani, injured in an ankle but who should return in time. Ronald Araujo (Barcelona), seriously injured at the end of September in a thigh, is currently in negotiations to join his selection despite everything.

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