With the World Cup less than three weeks away, nerves will be setting in for those players still on the treatment table.
For Ben Chilwell, his World Cup dream is already over. Chelsea confirmed on Sunday afternoon that the England defender had sustained a ‘significant’ hamstring injury during Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb.
Following a series of scans, Chelsea released a statement saying the 25-year-old would most likely ‘miss the World Cup’ as a result of the injury he sustained during the Champions League clash last week.
Chelsea confirmed on Sunday afternoon that Ben Chilwell (above) had sustained a ‘significant’ hamstring injury that would likely rule him out of the World Cup
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate is sweating over the fitness of several other England stars
Some of Chilwell’s England team-mates are also at risk of missing out on the World Cup. Gareth Southgate is sweating on the fitness of three England regulars, with Kyle Walker, Kalvin Phillips and Reece James all currently sidelined.
Tottenham striker Son Heung-min is also in a race against time to be fit enough for the World Cup after undergoing surgery on his eye socket. The South Korean star sustained the nasty-looking eye injury during the first half of his side’s 2-1 win against Marseille on Tuesday.
International managers will be naming their final squads in a matter of days, and they face some tricky decisions with a number of players not 100 per cent fit.
Sportsmail has delved into the World Cup’s current injury list and rated their chances of featuring at the tournament later this month.
France midfielder Paul Pogba will also miss out after sustaining a serious a knee injury
Few head coaches are explicitly ruling out their players for definite, but a handful of international stars have pretty much waved farewell to their World Cup chances already.
Paul Pogba has to be the first to go onto this list as he will arguably be the most high-profile absentee in Qatar. It has been a nightmare return to Juventus for the former Manchester United star, and Didier Deschamps must now figure out how to cope without him.
Ben Chilwell sustained a ‘significant’ hamstring injury during Chelsea’s 2-1 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday (above)
He underwent scans after the game and was subsequently ruled out of the World Cup
Deschamps will have to significantly re-jig his central midfield, with N’Golo Kante also ruled out. Kante underwent surgery on a recurring hamstring problem last month, and he is expected to be sidelined for up to four months, meaning he will not be back in action until 2023.
England defender Chilwell will also miss out on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar due to injury.
Chilwell sustained a ‘significant’ hamstring injury during Chelsea’s 2-1 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb. He underwent scans immediately after the game and was subsequently ruled out of the World Cup.
The club released the following statement once the results of the scan came back. It read: ‘Following the injury sustained in our recent game against Dinamo Zagreb, Ben has undergone a scan on his hamstring.
Villa’s Philippe Coutinho has been ruled out for up to 10 weeks and will miss the World Cup
‘Results show that Ben has suffered a significant injury and the defender is unfortunately expected to miss the World Cup. Ben will now begin a rehabilitation programme with the club’s medical department.’
Meanwhile, Aston Villa star Philippe Coutinho has been ruled out for up to 10 weeks, his absence being confirmed on Monday when Brazil announced their squad.
The Brazil international has suffered a quadricep injury, with a seven week return being his best case scenario.
Coutinho had already been facing an uphill struggle to make the squad due to a loss of form and lack of regular action.
Germany could feel a fire power shortage as Timo Werner’s went off in RB Leipzig’s win against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.
The former Chelsea man had to be replaced when he signalled to the bench that he could not continue after making a simple pass to a team-mate, and a day later it was confirmed he would miss the tournament for Hansi Flick’s side.
Liverpool’s Diogo Jota will also miss out for Portugal due to the calf injury he suffered against Manchester City in October. Jurgen Klopp confirmed the forward will be out for ‘months’ following his setback.
N’Golo Kante won’t be able to help France retain the World Cup after undergoing hamstring surgery
Diogo Jota will also miss out in Qatar with a calf problem he picked up against Man City
Jota’s international team-mate Pedro Neto won’t make Fernando Santos’ squad either after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury he picked up during Wolves’ 2-0 defeat by West Ham last month.
USA defender Miles Robinson is still recovering from the torn achilles he sustained in May, while Poland and Brighton midfielder Jakub Moder remains on the sidelines having ruptured his ACL against Norwich late last season.
Meanwhile, Boubacar Kamara has little to no chance of returning for France after picking up a knee injury against Southampton earlier this month.
Major leg injuries have practically ruled out Mexico star Jesus Corona and Holland midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, who are still recovering from a fibula and tibia fractures respectively.
Pedro Neto underwent surgery for his ankle injury and is now ruled out for Portugal
England are known for having a string of right back options. However, the Three Lions are sweating over the availability of their star defenders.
Both James and Walker are at risk of missing the 2022 World Cup. James suffered knee ligament damage against AC Milan on October 11, and after seeing a specialist he was told he is likely to be out for up to eight weeks.
This would rule him out until the latter stages of the tournament, although James has not given up hope of representing the Three Lions at the World Cup.
Manchester City announced Walker had undergone surgery after picking up a groin injury in the 6-3 victory against rivals Manchester United at the start of October.
Pep Guardiola recently delivered a positive update on the full-back by stating he was optimistic Walker would be ready for Qatar, but the 32-year-old has not played in over a month, and it could be deemed a risk for Southgate to take him.
Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker are facing a race against time to be fit for the World Cup
Meanwhile, Phillips has been out of action for even longer, having not played since mid-September due to a shoulder problem.
Once again, Guardiola is hopeful the holding midfielder will be able to feature for England after confirming Phillips is back in partial training.
He may struggle to get any minutes for City before the tournament, though, leaving Southgate with a huge decision to make over whether to take a player that started all seven of England’s games at last year’s Euros.
Elsewhere, Tottenham’s star forward Son underwent surgery to stabilise the fracture around his left eye after his head clash with Chancel Mbemba.
Son’s surgery is said to have gone well and he is hopeful or returning in time for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar – much to South Korea’s delight.
Tottenham’s Son Heung-min went off with a nasty-looking eye injury on Tuesday night
The 30-year-old is his country’s talisman, and they are likely to need him at the top of his game if they are to progress out of a group that contains Portugal, Uruguay and Ghana.
Lionel Messi also missed Paris Saint Germain’s 2-1 win over Lorient on Sunday due to an inflamed achilles tendon. Therefore, his participation in the 2022 World Cup has come into question.
Messi’s omission would be disappointing considering he said this would be his last World Cup. Additionally, Argentina will be relying on their star player to help them continue their unbeaten run following their Copa America success last summer,
The injuries are also piling up for France. Already without Pogba and Kante, there are also doubts surrounding the fitness Mike Maignan.
Maignan played a crucial role in Milan’s Serie A title triumph last season, but has not played since September due to a calf injury.
His fitness is currently being assessed, but time is running out for the goalkeeper to get some minutes on the pitch before the World Cup gets underway.
He is not the only shot-stopper to have emerged as a doubt, as Germany shot-stopper Manuel Neuer could also be at risk of missing out after revealing he has undergone treatment for skin cancer.
The 36-year-old has not played for Bayern Munich since early October.
German wonderkid Florian Wirtz has returned to full training with Bayer Leverkusen after tearing his ACL last season, and has reportedly been included in Hansi Flick’s provisional squad.
Lionel Messi also missed Paris Saint Germain’s 2-1 win over Lorient on Sunday due to an inflamed achilles tendon. Therefore, his participation in the World Cup has come into question
However, he is yet to play any domestic football this term, and Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso has admitted he doesn’t want to push Wirtz too early after his long-term lay-off.
Spanish attacking midfielder Mikel Oyarzabal recently returned to training for the first time since tearing his ACL in March, but is still yet to play this season for Real Sociedad.
Barcelona pair Ronald Araujo and Andreas Christensen are also in danger of missing out for Uruguay and Denmark respectively.
Araujo has not played since September due to an adductor problem. However, Xavi has given the 23-year-old the green light to attend the tournament if he is deemed fit enough.
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has emerged as a doubt for the World Cup after revealing he’s had treatment for skin cancer
Portugal could be without veteran defender Pepe in Qatar as he is struggling with a knee issue
Meanwhile, Christensen had been sidelined for a month with a sprained ankle before Xavi revealed he was available for their match with Almeria.
Raul Jimenez is dealing with a hip injury which has kept him out for over a month. However, he has joined back up with the Mexico squad, ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.
Adding to Jota and Neto’s injury woes, Portugal could be without both veteran defender Pepe who picked up a knee injury in training at the start of October and has not played since.
Finally, Paulo Dybala remains a huge doubt for Argentina as a result of his left quadriceps problem.
The Roma forward suffered the injury after scoring a penalty against Lecce on October 9, and ultrasound tests revealed he would be out for six to eight weeks, taking him right up to the World Cup opener between Qatar and Ecuador.
Although he is almost certain to miss the start of the tournament, Argentina could be tempted to take him regardless in case they progress to the latter stages.
Argentina star Paulo Dybala bizarrely injured his quadriceps whilst taking a penalty for Roma
There were fears surrounding the severity of the injury Kieran Trippier picked up during Newcastle’s clash with Southampton on Sunday afternoon.
During the first-half of the Magpies’ trip to StMary’s, the 32-year-old appeared to be in some discomfort due to an issue with his hamstring, and was eventually replaced by Javier Manquillo.
However, despite concerns that the knock might add the full-back to the nation’s growing list of doubts to travel of the upcoming tournament in Qatar, Trippier spoke after the game to quell concerns.
There were fears surrounding the severity of the injury Kieran Trippier (above) picked up during Newcastle’s clash with Southampton on Sunday afternoon
Callum Wilson was taken off at half-time and replaced by Chris Wood but Eddie Howe explained following the game that the move was just a precaution
The 32-year-old England defender said: ‘I felt it tighten up as I stretched but I came out in the second half to carry on. I’m OK.’
Trippier wasn’t the only England prospect to pick up a knock during the game though. Callum Wilson was taken off at half-time and replaced by Chris Wood but Eddie Howe explained following the game that the move was just a precaution.
‘Callum wasn’t that well in the week and felt light-headed and dizzy so that’s why he came off. It was a joint decision, he didn’t feel he had the energy needed and it was easy decision to replace him with Chris, who came on and got the job done.’
France may not have all their first-choice options at their disposal, but there has been some good news for Deschamps in recent days.
Presnel Kimpembe has returned to action after a hamstring injury, while fellow defenders Lucas Hernandez and Lucas Digne have returned to training and could feature for Bayern Munich and Aston Villa respectively in the near future.
Presnel Kimpembe is back in action for PSG and should be able to feature at the World Cup
Raphael Varane was also a doubt after going off with a thigh muscle problem against Chelsea last month, and Erik Ten Hag has said he won’t play for United again before the World Cup.
However, the injury is not believed to be as serious as first thought, and Deschamps may still decide to take the experienced centre-back. Reports from France on Monday boosted those hopes by claims he would be fit for the showdown in Qatar.
Portugal have also received a boost with full-back Nuno Mendes coming on as a late substitute in PSG’s 4-3 win against Troyes after a recent spell on the sidelines with a hamstring issue.
Raphael Varane was in tears when he picked up his latest injury, but he could still play in Qatar
There was initial concern over Richarlison’s participation in the tournament after the Tottenham forward hobbled off with a calf problem against Everton last month.
Antonio Conte has said he is ‘absolutely’ certain the Brazilian will be back in time to play in Qatar, though, and the 25-year-old is closing in on a return to action.
Meanwhile, Juventus playmaker Angel Di Maria was clearly fearful of missing the World Cup after leaving the field in tears against Maccabi Haifa on October 11 with a hamstring injury.
However, further tests showed he will be out for just 20 days, meaning he should return in the next few days and his World Cup place does not appear to be in jeopardy.
Di Maria’s club team-mate Weston McKennie also went off with a hamstring strain against Lecce on Saturday and may have thought his World Cup dream was over.
Subsequent tests have revealed he will only miss two weeks of action, though, and it is believed he will return in time to play in Qatar for the US.
Argentina and Juventus star Angel Di Maria was left in tears after sustaining a hamstring injury, but is now set to be fit for the World Cup
WORLD CUP INJURY LIST
ENGLAND: Ben Chilwell (Hamstring)
USA: Miles Robinson (Achilles)
PORTUGAL : Diogo Jota (Calf), Pedro Neto (Ankle)
POLAND : Jakub Moder (Knee)
FRANCE : Paul Pogba, (Knee), Boubacar Kamara (Knee), N’Golo Kante (Hamstring)
GERMANY: Timo Werner
MEXICO : Jesus Corona (Fibula)
HOLLAND : Georginio Wijnaldum (Tibia)
BRAZIL: Philippe Coutinho (Quadricep)
ENGLAND : Kyle Walker (Groin), Reece James (Knee), Kalvin Phillips (Shoulder)
ARGENTINA : Paulo Dybala (Quadricep)
FRANCE : Mike Maignan (Calf)
GERMANY : Manuel Neuer (Skin cancer) Florian Wirtz (Knee)
MEXICO : Raul Jimenez (Groin)
PORTUGAL : Pepe (Knee)
SPAIN : Mikel Oyarzabal (Knee)
SOUTH KOREA: Son Heung-min (Eye)
URUGUY: Ronald Araujo (Adductor)
DENMARK: Andreas Christensen (Ankle)