Which players have been injured at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?

We've already had several big-name casualties in the build-up to the tournament, while some players are still recovering from injuries and others have yet to leave the bench. Planet Sport gives you the lowdown on every World Cup teams' injury list, the doubts and those who have already had to go home. (Please note teams that have been knocked out of the World Cup have been removed from the list)

Australia

Australia were lucky enough to not gain any new injuries during their opening game defeat to France and the morale-boosting 1-0 win over Tunisia.

Out

Australia lost important winger Martin Boyle days before the tournament kicked-off due to an injury sustained in October.

It was a race against time from the moment he was called up to the squad as the Hibernian star was receiving treatment while in Australia's camp. During his surgery, there was damage found to his anterior cruciate ligament which has ended up ruling him out for the rest of the season.

Doubts

Ajdin Hrustic won his race against time to be fit for the World Cup. He was left on the bench for the entirety of the France game, but made a second half substitute appearance against Tunisia.

Defender Nathanial Atkinson missed the win over Tunisia with an ankle injury and will face a late fitness test.

Argentina

Argentina suffered one of the World Cup's biggest shocks in World Cup history as Saudi Arabia beat them 2-1 in their opening group game. But they bounced back with a 2-0 win over Mexico on Saturday.

Out

Argentiana have already lost some squad players before a ball was kicked. Nicolas Gonzalez and Joaquin Correa were both ruled out due to injury.

Doubts

The fitness of Paulo Dybala and Christian Romero was up in the air as the pair were left out of Argentina's final warm-up match.

Despite this, Romero started their opening game but was substituted in the 59th minute while Dybala was left on the bench for the entirety of the match. Romero came on in the second half against Mexico, but Dybala is still to make an appearance.

Belgium

Belgium haven't had the best of times leading up to and during the World Cup, but luckily, they sustained no new injuries during their fortunate 1-0 win over Canada or in the shock defeat 2-0 defeat to Belgium.

Though reports of a dressing room bust-up could be just as damaging.

Out

After their final 26-man squad was announced, none of the called-up players suffered injures bad enough to be ruled out of travelling to Qatar.

Doubts

Despite nursing a thigh injury, star striker Romelu Lukaku returned to action a game earlier than expected. The Inter Milan striker came on for the final ten minutes of the Morocco defeat as the Belgians chased the game.

Amadou Onana will miss the match against Croatia through suspension.

Brazil

Neymar injury World Cup Serbia Nov 22
Neymar injury World Cup Serbia Nov 22

Brazil turned on the style in the second half of the clash with Serbia, with Richarlison making an impressive return from injury with two goals. However, Neymar limped off with an ankle injury. Without him Brazil managed to edge past Switzerland in the second group game, but suffered another injury problem this time with Alex Sandro.

Out

Brazil's final 26-man squad was announced in early November and has so far stayed the same since the announcement.

Doubts

Neymar limped off late in the Serbia game with an ankle injury and appeared emotional on the bench.

The forward has struggled with ankle problems in the past, and has been ruled out of the rest of the group stage.

Defender Danilo also picked up an ankle problem during the game, and will miss the next two group games too.

Sandro will miss the game against Cameroon after picking up a hip muscle injury which forced him off near the end of the victory over Switzerland.

Cameroon

Cameroon suffered a 1-0 defeat to Switzerland in their opening game, and then salvaged a 3-3 draw with Serbia.

Out

Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana, who played in Cameroon's opening game against Switzerland, has left the Cameroon squad for disciplinary reasons.

Doubts

Cameroon suffered no injuries in their first two matches of the tournament.

Costa Rica

After surprisingly qualifying for the World Cup, Costa Rica suffered no injuries in their 7-0 thrashing to Spain or the shock win over Japan.

Out

None

Doubts

The Costa Rica team is reportedly healthy, and all players, apart from defender Francisco Calvo who serves a suspension, are available for selection.

Croatia

Nikola Vlasic of Croatia
Nikola Vlasic of Croatia

Croatia battled out a 0-0 draw with Morocco in their opening fixture, with only Nikola Vlasic forced off through injury. They all came through unscatched in the 4-1 win over Canada.

Out

None

Doubts

Vlasic sustained a calf injury against Morocco that forced his withdrawal at half-time. He missed the victory over Canada.

Denmark

Denmark's hopes of progression hang by a thread after a draw and a defeat in their opening two games.

Out

In their stalemate draw against Tunisia on Tuesday, defensive midfielder Thomas Delaney was forced off the pitch with a hamstring injury and has since been ruled out for the rest of the tournament.

Doubts

There were no doubts after the final squad was announced and bar Delaney the rest of the squad is fit. Simon Kjaer and Andreas Skov Olsen could return after missing the France defeat.

England

Harry Kane
Harry Kane

Gareth Southgate's team have managed to overcome Iran in a whopping 6-2 win, stumbled to a dull 0-0 draw against the USA, then dumped Wales out of the World Cup in the final group game.

Out

None

Doubts

Harry Maguire and Harry Kane were both passed fit for the USA game, after picking up injuries against Iran.

Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips, who were carrying injuries before the tournament, returned to action in the Wales victory.

James Maddison, who has been recovering from an injury for most of the tournament, is training with the squad but has yet to make an appearance. Ben White was the only player not to feature on the bench against Wales, as he had reportedly been feeling unwell.

France

France's 4-1 win over Australia in the opening group fixture was tempered by an injury to first-choice defender to Luis Hernandez. They booked their place in the round of 16 with a 2-1 over Denmark, and appeared to have avoid any further injury problems.

Out

Hernandez was forced off in the first 15 minutes of the match with a knee injury, which was later diagnosed as a ruptured ACL which will rule him out for the rest of the season. Perhaps the team with the most squad changes after the announcement of their final 26, France had to replace both Presnel Kimpembe and Cristopher Nkunku. Then on the eve of the tournament kicking-off Ballon D'or winner Karim Benzema was ruled out with a thigh injury.

Doubts

Eduardo Camavinga is reportedly suffering an adductor injury, but it hasn't been deemed serious. He is still yet to make an appearance at the Qatar World Cup.

Germany

In their surprising 2-1 loss against Japan and the 1-1 draw to Spain, Germany didn't suffer any fresh injuries to their team.

Out

None

Doubts

The entirety of the 26-man squad is available to head coach Hansi Flick as there are no niggles or knocks within the German camp.

Ghana

Ghana gave Ronaldo's Portugal a run for their money in their opening defeat of the World Cup, and then secured a famous 3-2 win over South Korea in the next game. The players came through both games relatively unscathed.

Out

Joe Wollacott is the only player who was chosen in Ghana's final squad who didn't travel to Qatar to support his team during the tournament. He was initially called up but sustained an injury during their warm-up matches.

Doubts

Kamaldeen Sulemana and Daniel Kofi Kyereh suffered injuries earlier on in the season and are currently nursing themselves back to full health. Neither appeared against Portugal, but came off the bench against South Korea.

Japan

In yet another triumphant underdog story during this World Cup, Japan overcame Germany in an outstanding 2-1 win. But the feeling of elation didn't last long as they came crashing back down to earth with a 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica.

Out

None

Doubts

Hiroki Sakai was substituted in the 74th minute against Germany due to a hamstring injury, while Takehiro Tomiyasu is also struggling with the same issue.

Neither played in the disappointing defeat to Costa Rica and are doubts for the last group game against Spain.

Midfielder Wataru Endo is also a concern after missing training with a knee injury.

Mexico

Mexico's first match of the tournament came against Poland and ended up being a 0-0 draw despite the Central Americans dominating the majority of the match.

They then lost 2-0 to Argentina in their second group game.

Out

None

Doubts

Andres Guardado was substituted in the second-half of the defeat against Argentina with a muscle injury and reportedly is unlikely to recover in time for the final game of the group against Saudi Arabia.

Raul Jimenez has only recently returned from an injury that has impacted his form for club and country. He has appeared as a sub in both the first two group games.

Morocco

Morocco faced a tough challenge in their opening game against Croatia and managed to etch out a 0-0 draw against the former World Cup finalists.

They then pulled off a stunning 2-0 win over Belgium in the second group game.

Out

There was only one change to their final 26-man squad as Amine Harit was ruled out of contention due to not being able to recover from an injury sustained on November 13th with Anass Zaroury of Burnley replacing him.

Doubts

Goalkeeper Yassine Bounou was replaced before kick-off against Belgium. He had taken a 'whack' against Croatia and was still feeling unwell during the national anthem, so the Moroccans were forced to make a very late replacement. Their starting left back Noussair Mazraoui was taken off the pitch in the 60th minute due to injury in the draw the with Croatia, but recovered for the Belgium win.

Netherlands

Netherlands dragged themselves to a 2-0 win over Senegal, a 1-1 draw with Ecuador and then topped the group with a 2-0 win over Qatar. They suffered no new major injuries during those matches.

Out

None

Doubts

Memphis Depay has been struggling for fitness, and was used as a sub in the first two group games but started against Qatar and lasted 66 minutes.

Poland

Poland drew 0-0 in their opening match against Mexico and missed a penalty as well as gaining knocks on both Kristian Bielik and Bartek Berezynski.

However, kept their World Cup chances alive with a 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia.

Out

None

Doubts

Both Bielik and Berezynski recovered to face Saudi Arabia, and Poland don't appear to have any new injury concerns.

Portugal

Portugal managed to secure a nervy 3-2 victory over Ghana and then beat Uruguay 2-0 top qualify for the round of 16.

Out

Portugal were hit with a string of injuries before the tournament and the squad remains intact...just.

Doubts

Defender Danilo Pereira is a major doubt to play any further games after fracturing his ribs in training.

Otavio missed the Uruguay game after suffering a thigh injury, while Nuno Mendes left the pitch during the match in tears after picking up a hamstring issue.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia have provided the globe with one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history after overcoming Lionel Messi's Argentina in a 2-1 win during their opening game. Despite this monumental result there was a horrific injury to Yasser Al-Shahrani after he collided with his goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais. They lost the second group game to Poland 2-0, with midfielder Sami Al-Najei replaced at half-time due to injury.

Out

Al-Shahrani was stretchered off and won't appear in the rest of the tournament. He has since had emergency surgery as scans found internal bleeding and a fractured jaw.

Doubts

Aside from Al-Sharani, Al-Najei now could miss the next game against Mexico.

Meanwhile Abdulelah Al-Malki is suspended after picking up two yellow cards.

Senegal

The African side lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in their return to the World Cup, where they missed injured star man Sadio Mane, who had to withdraw from the tournament.

But they swept aside Qatar 3-1 in the second game, and then beat Ecuador 2-1 to book their place in the round of 16.

Out

None

Doubts

Senegal suffered two injuries during the Netherlands game to Chekhiou Kouyate and Abdou Diallo.

Kouyate missed the games with Qatar and Ecuador with an ankle injury and could be a doubt for the rest of the tournament.

Diallo has recovered and played the next two group games. AC Milan defender Fode Ballo also missed the Qatar game with a minor injury and is still yet to make a World Cup appearance. Idrissa Gueye will serves a one-match suspension against England in the next round.

Serbia

Serbia managed to keep Brazil at bay for an entire first-half before Spurs striker Richarlison scored twice grab victory. They then battled out a cracking 3-3 draw with Cameroon in the second group game.

Out

None

Doubts

Filip Kostic (thigh), Dusan Vlahovic (groin) and Aleksandar Mitrovic (ankle) were all struggling to recover for the Brazil game, but only Mitrovic played. Kostic returned for the Cameroon match, but Vlahovic remained on the bench.

Centre-back Strahinja Pavlovic limped off during the draw with Cameroon but is expected to recover for the Switzerland game.

South Korea

South Korea managed battle to a 0-0 draw against Uruguay, but then lost 3-2 to Ghana and are close to a World Cup exit with Portugal left to play.

Out

None

Doubts

One of the biggest questions before the announcement of their final squad was whether Son Heung-Min would be fit enough to play in the tournament. The winger has lacked form domestically but was eventually chosen and started their opening game in a protective face mask. A crucial absence will be South Korea manager and former Portugal international player Paulo Bento who was sent-off after the Ghana game for arguing with the ref.

Spain

Spain have provided the largest margin of a win during the World Cup so far; they triumphed over minnows Costa Rica after a 7-0 win in their opening game.

In the second group they drew 1-1 with Germany.

Out

Left-back Jose Gaya was ruled out of contention for the World Cup after suffering a sprained ankle in the build up to the tournament and was replaced by the uncapped Alex Balde.

Doubts

Barcelona centre-back Eric Garcia hadn't recovered from injury in time to face Costa Rica or Germany.

Gavi has missed training with a minor knock and might not be risked against Japan, captain Sergio Busquets could alos be rested as he's a booking away from a suspension.

Switzerland

Switzerland won their opening game 1-0 against Cameroon thanks to a Breel Embolo strike, but came unstuck against Brazil in the next game.

Out

None

Doubts

Noah Okafor missed the Brazil defeat with a thigh injury.

Tunisia

Despite never winning against a European side in the World Cup finals, Tunisia played very well and held Denmark to a 0-0 draw, but then stumbled to a 1-0 defeat to Australia.

Out

None

Doubts

None

USA

The USA managed to draw 1-1 with Wales but suffered two injuries to Weston McKennie and Yunus Musah.

Both returned for the dull 0-0 draw with England, and played in the 1-0 win over Iran.

Out

None

Doubts

Goalscorer against Iran, Christian Pulisic, was substituted at half time after getting a heavy knock near his crown jewels netting the winner. He was taken to hospital as a precaution, but is expected to play against the Netherlands on Saturday.

Uruguay

Uruguay only managed a stalemate 0-0 draw with South Korea and then lost to Portugal.

Out

None

Doubts

As they didn't pick up any knocks or niggles, the only player who is unlikely to play a part in their upcoming games is Ronald Araujo. This could be because Uruguay have struck an agreement with Barcelona that he isn't allowed to feature during any of the group stage matches to aid his recovery.

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