Earth Cup: Benzema, Pogba and Nkunku are NOT likely – but who else makes the wounded XI lacking out?

At the conclude of this 7 days, football’s most important stars will appear alongside one another to partake in the sport’s major function the Earth Cup. 

However, in unprecedented situations, this edition of the match will be played mid-way by means of a domestic season – foremost to a number of star players to miss out via harm.

With some of football’s major names sidelined for the Planet Cup, it only would seem ideal to shine a gentle on the prosperity of talent that unfortunately will not be in Qatar. 

Right here, Sportsmail will take you by our Earth Cup Injured XI which characteristics a host of Premier League, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 skills.

France's Christopher Nkunku (r) has been ruled out the World Cup after picking up an injury

France’s Christopher Nkunku (r) has been ruled out the Earth Cup after selecting up an injury


Injuries are a cruel second in any player’s profession, nevertheless the timing of Kepa’s foot injury could not have been any worse for the Spanish goalkeeper.

Getting missing his put in Chelsea’s beginning line-up in the former two seasons, the Spaniard experienced last but not least labored his way back again into very first-group soon after impressing new manager Graham Potter.

He would’ve most likely been bundled in Luis Enrique’s 26-gentleman squad – around Brentford’s David Raya or Brighton’s Robert Sanchez – but immediately after his injury at Brighton past month, he’ll have to wait around right until following the Globe Cup before building his return to the pitch. 

Kepa Arrizabalaga had finally won his starting-spot back before picking up a knee injury

Kepa Arrizabalaga had finally gained his commencing-location back in advance of finding up a knee harm

Right Back again – REECE JAMES (ENGLAND)

Potentially the most significant reduction to Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad selected for Qatar. 

James was a shoo-in to be on the Three Lions’ plane to the Entire world Cup given his remarkable performances at wing-back for Chelsea this 12 months. 

But following picking up a knee harm through their Champions League clash with AC Milan very last month, his goals have been crushed.

It truly is a huge shame for James, who only has one visual appeal at a main levels of competition for England to date. He performed the full 90 minutes in their Euro 2020 group stage clash with Scotland but was not picked for the relaxation of the match.

Reece James was hopeful he'd recover in time but was left off England's 26-man squad-list

Reece James was hopeful he’d get well in time but was left off England’s 26-guy squad-checklist


Right after in the beginning currently being named in Didier Deschamps’ Planet Cup squad, the PSG defender was compelled to withdraw after failing to get well from a hamstring injuries.

It arrives as a enormous blow for the reigning champions who were pressured to substitute the experienced defender with Monaco’s Axel Disasi – who is still to make his to start with cap for the senior squad.

Kimpembe did make a 15-moment cameo in PSG’s 5- gain above Auxerre on Sunday, but Deschamps feels that he is nonetheless not at the health stages essential for a Earth Cup.

PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe has pulled out of the France squad with an injury

PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe has pulled out of the France squad with an injuries


Goodness me, do France have some depth at centre back.

Ibrahima Konate, William Saliba and Dayot Upamecano are three of the most promising defenders in the entire world, with Raphael Varane – incorporated in the 26-man checklist inspite of a knock – a established European performer too.

Chelsea’s £70million summer time signing Fofana is wounded until December and was thus dominated out, but odds are he would not have created it in any case provided his country’s power in the place.

Wesley Fofana was ruled out injured for the World Cup but was unlikely to make the squad

Wesley Fofana was dominated out injured for the Entire world Cup but was unlikely to make the squad

Left Back again – BEN CHILWELL (ENGLAND)

A different large setback for Gareth Southgate’s ideas out in Qatar. 

Chilwell’s injury leaves the England boss with just a person recognised left-back again in his squad, Manchester United’s Luke Shaw, as they prepare to head into the tournament.

The 25-12 months-outdated saw his Entire world Cup hopes shattered following limping off in the closing moments of Chelsea’s European clash with Dinamo Zagreb previous month. 

It arrived as a crushing blow to Chilwell’s Planet Cup hopes and intended that his wait around for a 1st visual appeal at a key global match goes on. 

Ben Chilwell's wait to represent England at a major international competition will go on

Ben Chilwell’s wait around to stand for England at a important intercontinental levels of competition will go on


Didier Deschamps will be hoping that the absence of N’Golo Kante will not have an impact on his side as much as it has affected Graham Potter’s Chelsea.

The Blues have sorely missed their midfield standard and it really is likely that France will endure that exact experience at the 2022 World Cup. 

His midfield mixture with Pogba was critical to their 2018 Earth Cup success and his reduction by means of injury will show a big overlook.

N'Golo Kante has made just two Premier League appearances this year due to injury

N’Golo Kante has made just two Leading League appearances this calendar year due to harm


Even though he’s had his fair share of criticisms in excess of the a long time, Paul Pogba’s significance for the French nationwide facet is downright plain.

No matter how dire his club condition may possibly be, the 29-12 months-aged has often stepped up when necessary for France. Who can forget his fantastic, curling, remaining-footed strike from the 2018 ultimate towards Croatia? 

It would’ve been his 3rd Planet Cup with the national facet just after featuring in 2014 and 2018 but a knee injury means he’ll be viewing the event from house.  

Paul Pogba will be unable to recreate his 2018 final heroics due to his current meniscus issue

Paul Pogba will be unable to recreate his 2018 closing heroics owing to his recent meniscus issue


If there was a person region who experienced so a lot dependence on one particular player it would be Senegal, and they will arguably be strike additional than any other facet with the absence of Sadio Mane.

The Bayern Munich star was crocked during their clash with Werder Bremen before in November and it was comprehended at the time that his leg injury would rule him out of the tournament.

Nonetheless, Senegal – likely more in hope than expectation – however remarkably picked the former Liverpool star to feature in Qatar.

The producing was on the wall when he was then confirmed to overlook ‘the initial several games’ right before he was completely ruled out of the Earth Cup just times in advance of the finals kicked off.

Sadio Mane's World Cup dreams with Senegal in Qatar were extinguished by a late injury

Sadio Mane’s Entire world Cup desires with Senegal in Qatar ended up extinguished by a late harm


The Leipzig star turned the most current name to be sidelined for the tournament after picking up a knock in France training before the workforce flew out.

The 25-yr-old sustained the personal injury all through Les Bleus’ last training session at Clairefontaine – the French countrywide soccer centre, on Tuesday.

He collided with True Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, leaving Nkunku with an concern on his remaining leg and forcing him to limp off the pitch.

No-just one will be a lot more upset than than the French star, who had been really talked up as one particular of the gamers to hold an eye on in the tournament.

Christopher Nkunku sits on the floor after taking a knock from Eduardo Camavinga in training

Christopher Nkunku sits on the ground just after getting a knock from Eduardo Camavinga in schooling


Soon after acquiring taken off off for the duration of Liverpool’s 1- gain about Manchester Metropolis in Oct, Jurgen Klopp speedily ruled out Jota’s probabilities of building the Planet Cup.

With 15 Leading League ambitions to his title in past year’s campaign, Portugal will sorely pass up their vast-person when out in Qatar this month. 

He performed a important part in the nation securing their place in the match, having presented five targets and two assists all through qualifiers. 

Liverpool star Diogo Jota was forced off the pitch during his side's 1-0 win over Man City

Liverpool star Diogo Jota was forced off the pitch for the duration of his side’s 1- win above Male Metropolis


Just when you considered matters couldn’t get any worse for France, on the eve of the tournament’s kick-off star striker Karim Benzema verified he was dominated out.

The Actual Madrid striker saw his 1st entire schooling session in the center-east introduced to an early summary soon after he suffered an injuries on Saturday.

He was then introduced in for a scan in Doha and it had been hoped that he would just miss their opener in opposition to Australia on Tuesday. 

Nonetheless, it was not excellent information for the 34-year-aged, and France have verified that he will choose no aspect at the Earth Cup, as he suffered a thigh harm which will preserve him out for three weeks.

Karim Benzema was ruled out for France on the eve of the World Cup finals kicking off

Karim Benzema was ruled out for France on the eve of the Planet Cup finals kicking off


With a plethora of players ineligible for the tournament owing to harm, there are continue to a host of major names that assist fill out the 7 bench spots for our Wounded XI.

AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan endured a calf injuries in September that has ruled him out of the opposition – but it can be not likely he would’ve control to displace France captain Hugo Lloris.

Aston Villa duo Boubacar Kamara and Diego Carlos have equally endured important accidents this yr – with Brazil’s Carlos sustaining a terrible achilles injury in August that has dominated him out till following yr. 

Former Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum will also miss the competitiveness just after breaking his leg at the start off of the year. It was the worst beginning to a campaign imaginable, obtaining only just signed for Jose Mourinho’s Roma.

Giovani Lo Celso suffered a major blow after picking up a hamstring injury last month

Giovani Lo Celso suffered a main blow just after choosing up a hamstring injuries past month

Dortmund's Marco Reus will miss his third major international competition due to injury

Dortmund’s Marco Reus will overlook his 3rd important international competitiveness due to injury

Spurs loanee Giovani Lo Celso has been dominated out in a significant blow for Argentina. The Argentine midfielder endured a hamstring injuries as Villarreal suffered a 1- defeat absent at Athletic Bilbao past month.

Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus will be lacking his second Earth Cup for Germany pursuing an ankle personal injury, obtaining also been sidelined for their triumph in Brazil in 2014. 

Timo Werner would’ve been additional than probable to have a commencing part for Germany but an ankle injury picked up against Shaktar Donetsk very last month indicates he’ll only be able to look at on from the sidelines.