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Major football players missing FIFA World Cup this year

PAUL POGBA (FRANCE): Pogba injured his knee in pre-season and underwent surgery in September to repair a damaged meniscus. The 29-year-old resumed training but on Oct. 31 his agent said the midfielder would not return to action for Juventus nor the world champions before the World Cup. REUTERS/Photo by Phil Noble

PAUL POGBA (FRANCE): Pogba injured his knee in pre-season and underwent surgery in September to repair a damaged meniscus. The 29-year-old resumed training but on Oct. 31 his agent said the midfielder would not return to action for Juventus nor the...more

PAUL POGBA (FRANCE): Pogba injured his knee in pre-season and underwent surgery in September to repair a damaged meniscus. The 29-year-old resumed training but on Oct. 31 his agent said the midfielder would not return to action for Juventus nor the world champions before the World Cup. REUTERS/Photo by Phil Noble
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N'GOLO KANTE (FRANCE): The Chelsea midfielder suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury that has restricted him to two league appearances this season. He will be sidelined for four months after undergoing surgery. Photo by Action Images/Andrew Boyers

N'GOLO KANTE (FRANCE): The Chelsea midfielder suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury that has restricted him to two league appearances this season. He will be sidelined for four months after undergoing surgery. Photo by...more

N'GOLO KANTE (FRANCE): The Chelsea midfielder suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury that has restricted him to two league appearances this season. He will be sidelined for four months after undergoing surgery. Photo by Action Images/Andrew Boyers
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TIMO WERNER (GERMANY): The RB Leipzig forward, 26, sustained an ankle injury during their 4-0 Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk at the start of November and will be sidelined for the rest of 2022.  REUTERS/Photo by Aleksandra Szmigiel

TIMO WERNER (GERMANY): The RB Leipzig forward, 26, sustained an ankle injury during their 4-0 Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk at the start of November and will be sidelined for the rest of 2022. REUTERS/Photo by Aleksandra Szmigiel

TIMO WERNER (GERMANY): The RB Leipzig forward, 26, sustained an ankle injury during their 4-0 Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk at the start of November and will be sidelined for the rest of 2022. REUTERS/Photo by Aleksandra Szmigiel
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REECE JAMES (ENGLAND): The 22-year-old right back injured his knee in Chelsea's Champions League clash against AC Milan in October and said he will not be a part of the England team. REUTERS/Photo by Laurence Griffiths

REECE JAMES (ENGLAND): The 22-year-old right back injured his knee in Chelsea's Champions League clash against AC Milan in October and said he will not be a part of the England team. REUTERS/Photo by Laurence Griffiths

REECE JAMES (ENGLAND): The 22-year-old right back injured his knee in Chelsea's Champions League clash against AC Milan in October and said he will not be a part of the England team. REUTERS/Photo by Laurence Griffiths
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DIOGO JOTA (PORTUGAL): The Liverpool forward will miss the tournament due to a calf injury sustained in their victory over Manchester City, but the Premier League club's manager Juergen Klopp said that he would not require surgery. REUTERS/Photo by Phil Noble

DIOGO JOTA (PORTUGAL): The Liverpool forward will miss the tournament due to a calf injury sustained in their victory over Manchester City, but the Premier League club's manager Juergen Klopp said that he would not require surgery. REUTERS/Photo by...more

DIOGO JOTA (PORTUGAL): The Liverpool forward will miss the tournament due to a calf injury sustained in their victory over Manchester City, but the Premier League club's manager Juergen Klopp said that he would not require surgery. REUTERS/Photo by Phil Noble
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PEDRO NETO (PORTUGAL): The 22-year-old Wolverhampton Wanderers winger will undergo surgery on an ankle injury sustained against West Ham United in October. Photo by Action Images/Andrew Boyers

PEDRO NETO (PORTUGAL): The 22-year-old Wolverhampton Wanderers winger will undergo surgery on an ankle injury sustained against West Ham United in October. Photo by Action Images/Andrew Boyers

PEDRO NETO (PORTUGAL): The 22-year-old Wolverhampton Wanderers winger will undergo surgery on an ankle injury sustained against West Ham United in October. Photo by Action Images/Andrew Boyers
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BOUBACAR KAMARA (FRANCE): The Aston Villa midfielder suffered a knee ligament injury in September that will keep him out until after the World Cup. REUTERS/Photo by Dylan Martinez

BOUBACAR KAMARA (FRANCE): The Aston Villa midfielder suffered a knee ligament injury in September that will keep him out until after the World Cup. REUTERS/Photo by Dylan Martinez

BOUBACAR KAMARA (FRANCE): The Aston Villa midfielder suffered a knee ligament injury in September that will keep him out until after the World Cup. REUTERS/Photo by Dylan Martinez
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ARTHUR MELO (BRAZIL): Liverpool's on-loan midfielder picked up a muscle injury in the build-up to a Champions League clash with Rangers in October. REUTERS/Photo by Albert Gea

ARTHUR MELO (BRAZIL): Liverpool's on-loan midfielder picked up a muscle injury in the build-up to a Champions League clash with Rangers in October. REUTERS/Photo by Albert Gea

ARTHUR MELO (BRAZIL): Liverpool's on-loan midfielder picked up a muscle injury in the build-up to a Champions League clash with Rangers in October. REUTERS/Photo by Albert Gea
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JESUS 'TECATITO' CORONA (MEXICO): The Sevilla winger suffered a fracture on his left ankle while he was training with the LaLiga club in August and underwent surgery. Photo by USA TODAY Sports/Orlando Ramirez

JESUS 'TECATITO' CORONA (MEXICO): The Sevilla winger suffered a fracture on his left ankle while he was training with the LaLiga club in August and underwent surgery. Photo by USA TODAY Sports/Orlando Ramirez

JESUS 'TECATITO' CORONA (MEXICO): The Sevilla winger suffered a fracture on his left ankle while he was training with the LaLiga club in August and underwent surgery. Photo by USA TODAY Sports/Orlando Ramirez
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SCOTT KENNEDY (CANADA): The 25-year-old defender sustained a freak shoulder injury at the end of October while playing for SSV Jahn Regensburg in the German second division. REUTERS/Photo by Radovan Stoklasa

SCOTT KENNEDY (CANADA): The 25-year-old defender sustained a freak shoulder injury at the end of October while playing for SSV Jahn Regensburg in the German second division. REUTERS/Photo by Radovan Stoklasa

SCOTT KENNEDY (CANADA): The 25-year-old defender sustained a freak shoulder injury at the end of October while playing for SSV Jahn Regensburg in the German second division. REUTERS/Photo by Radovan Stoklasa
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GIOVANI LO CELSO (ARGENTINA): The midfielder picked up a hamstring injury while playing for Villarreal. Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni described him as being "irreplaceable" when naming his squad. REUTERS/Photo by Peter Cziborra

GIOVANI LO CELSO (ARGENTINA): The midfielder picked up a hamstring injury while playing for Villarreal. Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni described him as being "irreplaceable" when naming his squad. REUTERS/Photo by Peter Cziborra

GIOVANI LO CELSO (ARGENTINA): The midfielder picked up a hamstring injury while playing for Villarreal. Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni described him as being "irreplaceable" when naming his squad. REUTERS/Photo by Peter Cziborra
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MARCO REUS (GERMANY): The Borussia Dortmund captain sustained an ankle injury and failed to recover fully in time. Reus also missed the 2014 World Cup after getting injured on the eve of Germany's departure for Brazil, where they won the title. REUTERS/Photo by Thilo Schmuelgen

MARCO REUS (GERMANY): The Borussia Dortmund captain sustained an ankle injury and failed to recover fully in time. Reus also missed the 2014 World Cup after getting injured on the eve of Germany's departure for Brazil, where they won the title....more

MARCO REUS (GERMANY): The Borussia Dortmund captain sustained an ankle injury and failed to recover fully in time. Reus also missed the 2014 World Cup after getting injured on the eve of Germany's departure for Brazil, where they won the title. REUTERS/Photo by Thilo Schmuelgen
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PRESNEL KIMPEMBE (FRANCE): The Paris St Germain centre back ruled himself out because of a hamstring injury. REUTERS/Photo by Benoit Tessier

PRESNEL KIMPEMBE (FRANCE): The Paris St Germain centre back ruled himself out because of a hamstring injury. REUTERS/Photo by Benoit Tessier

PRESNEL KIMPEMBE (FRANCE): The Paris St Germain centre back ruled himself out because of a hamstring injury. REUTERS/Photo by Benoit Tessier
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BEN CHILWELL (ENGLAND): Left back Ben Chilwell pulled up with a hamstring injury during added time in Chelsea's Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb and said days later he had suffered "significant damage" that would rule him out of the World Cup. Photo by Action Images/Matthew Childs

BEN CHILWELL (ENGLAND): Left back Ben Chilwell pulled up with a hamstring injury during added time in Chelsea's Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb and said days later he had suffered "significant damage" that would rule him out of the World Cup....more

BEN CHILWELL (ENGLAND): Left back Ben Chilwell pulled up with a hamstring injury during added time in Chelsea's Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb and said days later he had suffered "significant damage" that would rule him out of the World Cup. Photo by Action Images/Matthew Childs
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YUTA NAKAYAMA (JAPAN): The defender will miss the World Cup after being ruled out for the rest of the season due to an Achilles injury. Photo by Action Images/Ed Sykes

YUTA NAKAYAMA (JAPAN): The defender will miss the World Cup after being ruled out for the rest of the season due to an Achilles injury. Photo by Action Images/Ed Sykes

YUTA NAKAYAMA (JAPAN): The defender will miss the World Cup after being ruled out for the rest of the season due to an Achilles injury. Photo by Action Images/Ed Sykes
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AMINE HARIT (MOROCCO): Morocco's Olympique de Marseille forward Amine Harit sustained a knee injury during a Ligue 1 match against AS Monaco, ruling him out of the tournament. REUTERS/Photo by Eric Gaillard

AMINE HARIT (MOROCCO): Morocco's Olympique de Marseille forward Amine Harit sustained a knee injury during a Ligue 1 match against AS Monaco, ruling him out of the tournament. REUTERS/Photo by Eric Gaillard

AMINE HARIT (MOROCCO): Morocco's Olympique de Marseille forward Amine Harit sustained a knee injury during a Ligue 1 match against AS Monaco, ruling him out of the tournament. REUTERS/Photo by Eric Gaillard
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SADIO MANE (SENEGAL): Sadio Mane was named in Senegal's squad for the World Cup despite suffering an injury playing for Bayern Munich, but has been ruled out of the tournament after officials confirmed he would need surgery on the injury. REUTERS/Photo by Andreas Gebert

SADIO MANE (SENEGAL): Sadio Mane was named in Senegal's squad for the World Cup despite suffering an injury playing for Bayern Munich, but has been ruled out of the tournament after officials confirmed he would need surgery on the injury....more

SADIO MANE (SENEGAL): Sadio Mane was named in Senegal's squad for the World Cup despite suffering an injury playing for Bayern Munich, but has been ruled out of the tournament after officials confirmed he would need surgery on the injury. REUTERS/Photo by Andreas Gebert
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CHRISTOPHER NKUNKU (FRANCE): The RB Leipzig forward was included in France's squad for the World Cup, but was ruled out of the tournament after picking up a left knee injury following a tackle from team mate Eduardo Camavinga in training. REUTERS/Photo by Benoit Tessier

CHRISTOPHER NKUNKU (FRANCE): The RB Leipzig forward was included in France's squad for the World Cup, but was ruled out of the tournament after picking up a left knee injury following a tackle from team mate Eduardo Camavinga in training....more

CHRISTOPHER NKUNKU (FRANCE): The RB Leipzig forward was included in France's squad for the World Cup, but was ruled out of the tournament after picking up a left knee injury following a tackle from team mate Eduardo Camavinga in training. REUTERS/Photo by Benoit Tessier
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