The 2018 World Cup is just around the corner. It is just one month away. National team coaches are sweating over the well-being of some key figures in their squad.
My name is Ekemini Nelson, join me on this ride I will be taking you through the long list of players who will miss the biggest Football fiesta and possible doubtful.
1. Laurent Koscienly
He torn Achilles tendon in Arsenal Europa semi-final second defeat to Atletico Madrid. Unfortunately for him, his chances of recovering in time for the World Cup has limited another France setback.
Knee Ligament injury. He sustained the unfortunate injury in Liverpool Champions League semi-final first leg victory over Roma. He was officially ruled out of the World Cup. Which is a major blow to the player and three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.
3. Karim Benzema
Hasn’t featured for his country since October 2014. Following his feud with France head coach Didier Deschamps. The Real Madrid forward already ruled himself out of the tournament.
4. Lars Stindl
The young star was a potential addition to Joachim Low’s World Cup panel. He played a key role in the 2017 Confederations Cup. The Brussia Monchenglabach Captain suffered a season ankle injury in April.
5. Zlatan Ibramovich
Swedish FA Cup Chief, Lars Richt, ruled out any possibilities of Zlatan’s return to the Swedish national team.
The World most expensive player under went surgery on his foot in March after suffering a fractured Metatarsal and a Sprained ankle while playing for PSG.
7. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland, midfielder 28)
Ligament injury, The coach remain hopeful of his return to fitness in time.
Sustained an ankle injury, while playing for Borrusia Dortmund which brought his season to an end. However, Dortmund refused to rule him out of the tournament.
9. Mesut Ozil
Back injury. Arsene Wenger ruled him out of the World Cup saying the injury is problematic but insist he might still recover in time.
10. Fernando Gago
Knee Injury (Argentina ) likely to recover in time
11. Maurio Icardi
Despite his impressive season with Inter Milan might be excluded following his previous nasty behavior with teammates in Argentina.
12. Paolo Guerrero
Was hit with a 12 month ban from Football in December from testing positive of contraband drugs including cocaine but his ban is due to expire before the tournament kick off so Peru might get their talisman.
13. Manuel Neuer
He’s still battling with a fractured Metatarsal. Joachim Low the Germans head coach has refused to rule his first choice goalie out of his plans.
14. Alvaro Morata , has been struggling with persistent back and thigh problems this season.
15. Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin is also doubtful following series of injury worries.
Just recently returned to full fitness following his knee ligament injury which lasted for seven months.