Injuries prevented some well-known athletes, like Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante of France’s midfield, from competing in the 2022 World Cup.
Others were sent to Qatar by their management in the hopes that they would feel better, but they have not yet appeared. Karim Benzema, the Ballon d’Or winner, and Sadio Mane of Senegal, who recently underwent surgery, are on this list.
A few injury scares occurred during the group stages as well, but the busy four-match schedule that football fans have been subjected to over the previous several weeks sometimes drowned out these developments.
The following famous athletes participated in the competition but are now unsure about their participation in the knockout rounds:
During the team’s 2-0 opening victory over Serbia, Brazil’s best player was fouled nine times. Due to an ankle ailment, he was forced to leave early and was absent from the remaining two group-stage games. Brazil manager Tite subsequently said, “I fault myself with Neymar because I didn’t realize that he was hurt and he played on for 10 or 11 minutes.
After fracturing a vertebra in his back playing for Brazil against Colombia in the World Cup quarterfinals of 2014, Neymar had to play through an ankle ailment in 2018. In 122 times for his nation, he has scored 75 goals, only two short of Pele’s record.
US citizen Christian Pulisic
In their last group stage encounter, Pulisic clashed with Iran goalie Alireza Beiranvand as he received a cross from SerginoDest. The goal was costly, but it guaranteed his nation’s position in the knockout rounds, where they will play the Netherlands.
Pulisic has pulled off the field and afterward treated in a hospital after the incident fractured his pelvis. The Chelsea winger has, though, assured supporters on social media that he will be prepared for their round of 16 meetings. He said, “I’ll be ready Saturday, don’t worry,” in a Snapchat post.