World Cup injury update. See below Top players who could miss the World Cup due to injury
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Arsenal captain and French National team defender Laurent Koscielny 32 year old has been ruled out for six months after undergoing surgery on his ankle, finishing his chances of playing in the 2018 World Cup Russia Tournament this summer with France.
Koscielny may not play again this year after rupturing his Achilles tendon in the Europa League defeat by Atletico Madrid last week and Didier Deschamps has already confirmed that the centre-back would miss this summer’s World Cup.
On the other hand Santi Cazorla will not feature in either of Arsenal’s final two league games this season against Leicester and Huddersfield Town, with the matches coming too soon in his return from his own nightmare Achilles injury. Cazorla returned to training for the first time last week, having not played a game since October 2016, but despite making his intentions clear to target a comeback this season, and we might see him playing for Spain at the World Cup Russia Tournament.
German midfielder Mesut Özil is expected to be fit for Germany’s World Cup Tournament after a back injury. Finally, German defender Per Mertesacker retiring from professional football this month to join Arsenal’s backroom staff.
John Stones (England) suffered a concussion while playing a friendly against Italy in March and then picked up another injury while training.
The centre-back is targeting to be back in action on 6th May to prove that the injury is behind him.
Argentinian Lucas Biglia suffered a severe lumbar trauma due to an injury during Saturday’s match AC Milan against Benevento. The player has undergone medical examinations that highlighted a fracture of the transverse processes of the first two lumbar vertebrae. A detailed prognosis will be issued in the coming days upon completion of all medical tests.
Biglia only moved to AC Milan at the start of the season, ending an notable four-year spell in Rome with Lazio for €17m. He has made an impressive 36 appearances for AC Milan this season, scoring one goal and claiming two assists
After this sever injury is expected that the Argentina international will now miss the rest of the season and could even be ruled out of Argentina’s squad for World Cup Russia 2018
Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi suffered a ligament damage to his ankle which has ruled him out for the rest of this season.
Scoring nine goals in 14 games for Dortmund, Michy was looking forward to the World Cup but Roberto Martinez must now start looking for alternatives as the chances are slim for the Chelsea striker to go to Russia.
Iceland international attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson picked up a knee injury while playing against Brighton and has since been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
However, further tests reveal that he would be sidelined for six to eight weeks. This means that, even though his season has come to a stop, he could still play for Iceland this summer if he doesn’t suffer any other setback.
German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been out for seven months due to a metatarsal injury, the Bayern keeper returned back to training for the 1st time on 20th April. Being out for the entire season, it seems very little for the 32-year-old to play in Russia this summer.
The Germany coach, Joachim Loew is set to name his provisional squad on May 15th and as things stand, Neuer is not expected to be summoned.
Brazilian star Neymar has suffered a broken metatarsal injury, it seemed that the 26 year old would not play for Brazil this year.
Neymar has been vital for his side in the World Cup having scored 53 goals in 83 games. With an injury ruling him out in the all important match against Germany in 2014, he saw his side lose 7-1.
German defender Jerome Boateng suffered a thigh injury against Real Madrid in a 2-1 first leg CL defeat. The player injured an abductor muscle in his left thigh and could be sidelined for six to eight weeks. It seem that he can still be recuperated by World Cup Russia Tournament.