World Cup 2022 injuries timeline: Who has been ruled out of the tournament in Qatar?

The first-ever Winter World Cup is fast approaching and the tournament is unprecedented as it takes place in the middle of the season for Europe’s top leagues.

This means the majority of the world’s best players have just one week to prepare for the World Cup due to the busy schedule following FIFA’s controversial decision to award hosting rights to Qatar.

Several top players have already been ruled out while many more are sweating their fitness with club games yet to be played.

Here we indicate which players are excluded from the tournament due to injury.

We will update this article throughout the tournament so that you are kept informed of the latest developments.


Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland)

Last appearance: November 6, 2022
Wound: Knee

Yvon Mvogo has played a key role in Lorient’s stellar start to the Ligue 1 season. Starting all of his side’s 14 league appearances this season so far, the Swiss keeper has helped his side finish seventh in terms of fewer goals conceded in the division. However, the former RB Leipzig keeper suffered a knee injury in a home loss to league leaders PSG and will therefore have to sit out the tournament.

Last appearance: November 2, 2022
Wound: Tendon

The Chelsea full-back hobbled as he tightened his hamstrings in stoppage time in a 2-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League earlier this month. The visibly upset 25-year-old was helped off the pitch by the Chelsea medical team with his manager, Graham Potter, confirming in a post-match interview that his injury ‘doesn’t look good “. Chilwell later confirmed on Twitter that he would miss the World Cup due to his hamstring injury.

Timo Werner (Germany)

Last appearance: November 2, 2022
Wound: Ankle

Former Chelsea striker Timo Werner had something of a revival on loan at RB Leipzig, scoring nine goals in 16 games in Germany. However, scans showed after a Champions League away win against Shakhtar Donetsk that he had in fact torn the ligament in his left ankle and would not return to action until January 2023 at the earliest. . Germany manager Hansi Flick has admitted losing the 26-year-old to injury was a huge loss for the national team and hopes he will get back to full fitness soon.

Last appearance: October 16, 2022
Wound: Calf

After passing the ball past Manuel Akanji past Darwin Nunez in his side’s 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Premier League, Diogo Jota immediately went down clutching his calf. As he was carried on a stretcher, the Portuguese striker had his head in his hands and stared up at the sky wondering if an injury had ruled him out of the World Cup. Unfortunately for him, it happened and he confirmed the extent of his injury a few days later on Twitter.

Last appearance: October 11, 2022
Wound: knee injury

After a grueling duel with AC Milan winger Raphael Leao in the Champions League, Reece James came to an instant stop by clutching his knee in the 56th minute. Although he tried to continue for several minutes, the 22-year-old defender eventually limped off and hasn’t played for the club since.

There was some optimism he would recover in time to be available for selection, but it has now been revealed that Gareth Southgate has told the marauding full-back he will not be in the squad. England for the World Cup due to his knee injury. He too confirmed the extent of his injury on Twitter and wished his Three Lions teammates good luck.

Last appearance: October 1, 2022
Wound: Ankle

Pedro Neto was replaced by Adama Traore after an ankle injury worsened to the point that he couldn’t continue for 24 minutes in a cautious Premier League affair against West Ham at the London Stadium. After the match, it was revealed that he had strained his ankle ligaments and would need surgery on the injury. This is very bad news for the 22-year-old, who has been working tirelessly to get back into shape after suffering a serious knee injury in 2021.

Last appearance: August 27, 2022
Wound: Tendon

The USMNT will be without two defenders as Crystal Palace’s Chris Richards has also been dropped from the tournament in Qatar. Richards has played just four games for Palace since making a £10m move to south London from Hoffenheim. He wrote on Instagram that he was “drained” by an injury that ruled him out of the World Cup and called on his teammates to make history.

Last appearance: August 14, 2022
Wound: Tendon

In his time, N’Golo Kante is one of the best midfielders in the world. However, in recent years, due to growing injury problems, the days of the 31-year-old single-handedly managing a midfield with ease have been rare. His most recent injury, a hamstring injury sustained in a Premier League game against Tottenham in August, required surgery, and despite the success of the operation, he will be sidelined for four months, meaning he won’t be able to line up for Les Bleus this winter either.

Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands)

Last appearance: August 14, 2022
Wound: Leg

After an unsuccessful spell in France with PSG, Georginio Wijnaldum moved to Rome in the summer and made his debut for the club in a 1-0 away win against Salernitana in August. However, just days after his debut, the 31-year-old fractured his shin in training and hasn’t played for the club since. Recovery from the injury is likely to take until the new year and therefore the former Liverpool and Newcastle midfielder will not be able to join the Netherlands this winter.

Jesus Corona (Mexico)

Last appearance: August 12, 2022
Wound: Ankle

Mexico and Sevilla winger Jesus Manuel “Tecatito” Corona was ruled out of the World Cup two weeks before his country’s opener against Poland. The 29-year-old did not recover in time to take part in the tournament in Qatar after breaking his left fibula and rupturing ankle ligaments in August. The former Porto striker is not expected to return to full fitness until December and has been left out of Mexico’s squad this winter.

Miles Robinson (USA)

Last appearance: May 7, 2022
Wound: Torn Achilles

The 25-year-old defender has made 21 appearances for the United States national team and was expected to play an important role in this year’s World Cup. However, an unfortunate rupture of his Achilles tendon which saw his club miss their last 26 games appears to have derailed those ambitions. It was the Atalanta United defender’s second major muscle injury after a similar problem caused him to miss 263 days of the 2019-20 season.

Paul Pogba (France)

Last appearance: April 19, 2022
Wound: Knee and thigh

Simply put, Paul Pogba hasn’t had the best start to life since returning to Juventus this summer. The enigmatic midfielder arrived in Turin with a knee injury he suffered in September.

The 29-year-old, who has yet to make an appearance for Juventus in his second spell at the club, returned to training in October but suffered another injury setback, this time a sprained thigh. which will rob him of the chance to help Les Bleus defend their World Cup title in Qatar this winter. And unfortunately for Didier Deschamps, the French midfielder’s injury woes don’t end there.

Paul Pogba, Juve


Pogba is yet to play a competitive game for Juventus since returning to the club this summer (Picture: Getty Images)

Last appearance: April 2, 2022
Wound: Knee

The 23-year-old Polish international came on late in a goalless draw against Norwich City in the Premier League last April. However, he was substituted four minutes after arriving due to what was later revealed to be a serious ACL injury and has not returned since. The Brighton & Hove midfielder has missed 26 games since injury and former Lech Poznan midfielder will also miss the World Cup due to his serious injury.

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