Pogba, Salah, Haaland… The great absentees of the World Cup

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    Paul Pogba has been left out of the tournament due to injuries to his knee and right thigh.

Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappé, Benzema: the World Cup starts on Sunday in Qatar and the stars are already there. "Everyone? No, because between the injuries, the decisions of the coaches and the premature eliminations of several teams, some big names will be missing. From Gianluigi Donnarumma to Erling Haaland through Paul Pogba or N'Golo Kanté, here they are. is it? the absent team.

GOALKEEPER: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy/49 caps)
Like his compatriots Marco Verratti and Jorginho, the Paris SG goalkeeper sank to the top. with the 'Nazionale' after the defeat against the modest North Macedonia (1-0) in the playoffs. For the second time in a row, Italy was left behind. out of the World Cup.

RIGHT-BACK: Reece James (England/15 calls)
"Annihilated," the young Chelsea defender on Twitter on November 9. On that date, he retired. Officially out of the World Cup due to a knee injury sustained in mid-October.

CENTRAL DEFENDERS: Sergio Ramos (Spain/180 caps) and Presnel Kimpembe (France/28 calls)
Two world champions in the absentee group. Spain has gotten used to doing without Ramos, who has not worn his country's shirt since March 2021. Kimpembe, for his part, hoped to defend the title won by the 'Bleus' to the end. 39; in 2018. he was even included in the initial list of Didier Deschamps. But, not having recovered from an Achilles tendon injury, he had to resign and leave his position to Alex Disasi.

LEFT-BACK: Ferland Mendy (France/9 calls )
Holder at Real Madrid, but unimportant for the 'Bleus'. Ferland Mendy, 27, has never fully established himself in the French team. This time, Deschamps preferred to go. to the two brothers Lucas and Theo Hernández. Lucas Digne (46 calls) ran for the first time. the same fate.

DEFENSIVE HALF: N'Golo Kanté; (France/53 calls)
"Not having 'NG' he is a factor to take into account, due to his energy and experience. He is such an endearing little man, always smiling. We will miss him,” Deschamps said. Kanté, world champion in 2018, he has had a difficult season with Chelsea. Yes, he has played the first two games of the season due to a hamstring injury and will not return. until 2023.

MIDCENTERS: Thiago Alcántara (Spain/46 calls) and Paul Pogba (France/91 calls)
Two of the most gifted midfielders in the world are missing. Thiago Alcántara, who has often shone for Liverpool, has not convinced Luis Enrique to make a place for him in a traditionally packed Spain team in the midfield position. Pogba, for his part, has been left out of the tournament due to injuries to his knee and right thigh. Without him or Kanté, the midfield of the world champions will have to play. to rebuild.

ATTACKERS: Mohammed Salah (Egypt/83 calls), Erling Haaland (Norway/23 calls) and Roberto Firmino (Brazil/55 calls)
Egypt was left behind. He was left out of qualification for Qatar after a terrible tie against Senegal, who had already defeated him in the final of the last African Cup of Nations. Therefore, Salah will not be there. in the World Cup, while the Senegalese Mané yes will be there He made it into the tournament, although a recent injury with Bayern Munich has left his participation in doubt. 

Firmino, for his part, is happy. paying for his low participation with Liverpool and, above all, the incredible offensive wealth of Brazil. Finally, Haaland failed to win. qualify for Norway, which has not participated in a World Cup since 1998.

Other absent:
David De Gea (Spain/Unselected); Mike Maignan (France/Injured)

Defenders: Ben Chilwell (England/Injured); Jonathan Clauss (France/Not selected); Gabriel (Brazil/Not selected); Fikayo Tomori (England/Not selected).

Media: Philippe Coutinho (Brazil/Injured); Giovanni Lo Celso (Argentina/Injured); Renato Sanches (Portugal/Not selected); Marco Verratti (Italy/Not classified); Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands/Injured).

Forwards: Tammy Abraham (England/Unselected); Luis Díaz (Colombia/Injured); Alexis Sánchez (Chile/Not classified); Riyad Mahrez (Algeria/Not classified); Timo Werner (Germany/Injured).

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