Players To Miss The 2022 FIFA World Cup (Part One)

By Hank Blaine

The World Cup is the biggest showcase in the soccer space. It is expected that the tournament will see the iconic names trying to register incredible individual performances while helping their nations reach new heights. However, some of the sport’s biggest stars will not suit up at this year’s event in Qatar happening in the latter days of November.

Players To Miss The 2022 FIFA World Cup (Part One)

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Mohamed Salah (Egypt)

Last season’s Golden Boot winner narrowly missed the competition after failing to score a penalty against Senegal in the shootout. It was a crucial match that sent Egypt home from the World Cup playoffs following his attempt hit the crossbar. It was a repeat of Senegal’s victory in the African Cup of Nations a month prior and a sad day for the Egyptian forward as he sits this one out and has to wait four years to try and record his second World Cup appearance. Meanwhile, former Liverpool teammate and Senegal star Sadio Mane led his nation to a 3-1 victory and are worthy +350 favorites to top Group A.

N’Golo Kante (France)

Group D -278 favorites will miss one of their key midfielders in the 22nd edition of the World Cup due to injury. N’Golo Kante hasn’t played for his club since August. Chelsea FC confirmed last month that he will miss the tournament while recovering from a hamstring operation. Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s premier midfielders, Kante played a pivotal role in Les Bleus’ championship run in 2018. Another French midfielder joins him on the list of players to miss the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Boubacar Kamara, who picked up an injury leading up to the event.

David Alaba (Austria)

Real Madrid starter David Alaba failed to qualify for the tournament after losing to Wales in the playoffs. Gareth Bale of +550 Group B winners, Wales, led his squad to a 2-1 victory that ended the Austrian’s hopes of making his World Cup debut. The 30-year-old recently moved from Bayern Munich to one of the biggest La Liga teams and captained his nation at last year’s European Championship, where the team fell in the hands of eventual champions Italy in the Round of 16.

Emile Smith-Rowe (England)

Group B -333 favorites open their campaign with a match against Iran. However, Arsenal academy graduate Emile Smith-Rowe recently picked up a groin injury that rules him out of the international tournament. The attacking midfielder remains on the sidelines after undergoing surgery and is on the road to recovery to overcome a troublesome gash. While there is hope that he can resume full training with his club next month, it’s unlikely that he returns to full fitness level in time for the World Cup.

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