A look at the players who won’t be at the World Cup in Qatar

A look at the players who won’t be at the World Cup in Qatar

Not all football stars will participate in the World Cup.

Some big names will miss the tournament in Qatar due to injuries or because their country did not qualify.

Erling Haaland (Norway)

Haaland, 22, got off to a phenomenal start to his first season at Manchester City with 17 goals in his first 11 Premier League appearances, but Norway failed to beat the Netherlands in the final game of qualification of the team in group G.

Haaland, who scored in the 1-1 draw when they met in Oslo, missed the deciding match through injury. The Dutch qualified as group winners with a 2-0 victory, while Norway ended up in third place.

Haaland has scored 21 goals in 23 games for Norway but must wait until at least 2026 for his country to reach its first World Cup since 1998.

Mohamed Salah (Egypt)

Salah, who won the Golden Boot as the Premier League’s top scorer alongside Son Heung-min last season, missed a penalty against Senegal in the shootout that knocked Egypt out of Cup qualifiers of the world. Salah launched his attempt over the crossbar and former Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mané kicked the winner for his side’s 3-1 win.

It was a repeat of Senegal’s penalty shootout victory in the Africa Cup of Nations final the month before.

This season, Salah has scored four goals in his first 12 appearances as Liverpool have struggled for wins.

Paul Pogba (France)

Paul Pogba was ruled out of the tournament this week due to persistent right knee problems.

Pogba, 29, played a vital role in France’s World Cup success four years ago but has yet to play a game this season since his last official game in April.

After returning to Juventus from Manchester United in the offseason, Pogba tore his meniscus during the Italian club’s pre-season tour of the United States in July. He initially decided not to have surgery, but then had surgery on his right knee in early September.

Pogba’s agent Rafaela Pimenta said on Monday he ‘needs more rehabilitation after his operation’. Pogba has also been mired in an extortion scandal involving his older brother and his childhood friends.

N’Golo Kante (France)

Kante has not played for club or country since August, and Chelsea confirmed last month that the midfielder will miss the tournament as he recovers from surgery for a hamstring injury.

Widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world, Kante played a key role alongside Pogba in France’s bid for the 2018 title.

Another French midfielder, Boubacar Kamara, has already been ruled out due to injury.

David Alaba (Austria)

Austria failed to qualify for the World Cup after losing to Wales in the playoffs. Gareth Bale scored twice in the 2-1 win that ended his Real Madrid team-mate’s hopes of taking part in football’s biggest tournament for the first time.

Alaba, 30, who joined Madrid from Bayern Munich in 2021, captained Austria in last year’s European Championship, where the side lost to eventual champions Italy in the round of 16 final.

Luis Diaz (Colombia)

Díaz’s World Cup hopes were over even before he injured his knee while playing for Liverpool, as Colombia finished sixth in South American qualifying.

Díaz, 25, who instantly became a Liverpool favorite following his January move from Porto, is yet to play in a World Cup. He scored eight goals in 37 appearances for Colombia.

James Rodríguez and ‘El Tigre’ Radamel Falcao will also miss the tournament.

Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy)

Arguably the best goalkeeper in the world won’t be at the World Cup after Italy surprisingly failed to qualify for the tournament – again.

Donnarumma was the player of the tournament when he helped Italy win Euro 2020, but he couldn’t stop Aleksandar Trajkovski’s stoppage-time winner for North Macedonia in the European Cup qualifier. world in March.

Italy also failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Donnarumma, considered the heir to the great Gianluigi Buffon, will find his luck again. Although he has already made 49 appearances for Italy, he is only 23 years old.

Diogo Jota (Portugal)

Jota said ‘one of my dreams came crashing down’ when it was confirmed he would miss the World Cup due to a calf injury suffered in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Manchester City October 16. He had already missed the first month of the season due to injury.

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says Jota took “months” to recover.

His Portuguese team-mate Pedro Neto is also out after injuring his ankle while playing with Wolverhampton.