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Ten-man Hamburg were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time on Saturday, sparking angry fan demonstrations, despite the team pulling off a 2-1 home victory over Borussia Monchengladbach. HSV had played in the German top flight since their foundation and in the Bundesliga since it began in 1963 but, after several flirtations with the drop in recent years, they have finally bowed out. Aaron Hunt converted an early penalty to put them on the right track and former Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby re-established their lead after Josip Drmic had levelled for Monchengladbach. The home side were reduced to 10 men as Bobby Wood received a second yellow card for a foul after 71 minutes, but - despite Hamburg's efforts to hold on for maximum points - Wolfsburg's 4-1 triumph over bottom side Cologne meant they could not be caught. Instead the Wolves will tackle a relegation/promotion play-off against second-division side Holstein Kiel. Police dogs were brought onto the pitch as fans caused trouble in the stands Credit: AFP It took Josuha Guilavogui only 41 seconds to boost the Wolves ahead, yet Cologne equalised with a classy chip from Jonas Hector. Divock Origi restored Wolfsburg's lead from close range after the break and Robin Knoche ensured they would finish 16th with his 71st-minute effort. Josip Brekalo added gloss to the scoreline at the death. When news that the full-time whistle had blown in Wolfsburg filtered through, Hamburg fans invaded the pitch at the Volksparkstadion, igniting flares and forcing a lengthy suspension as order was restored. Freiburg went into the final day vulnerable to being sucked into the play-off spot by Wolfsburg, but their 2-0 win over Augsburg negated that risk, Nicolas Hofler and Tim Kleindienst grabbing the goals. Hamburg have been relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history Credit: Bongrats Stuttgart spoiled Bayern Munich's title party and Jupp Heynckes' last game in charge of the champions by producing a surprise 4-1 success at the Allianz Arena. Daniel Ginczek scored the first goal of his brace after just five minutes, only for Corentin Tolisso to peg Stuttgart back from a stunning Robert Lewandowski assist. Tassos Donis rocked Bayern again with a goal on the counter-attack before Chadrac Akolo and Ginczek struck to confirm the shock result. It is the first time in over nine years Bayern had conceded four goals at home in the league, although they will not have cared too much as they lifted the Meisterschale trophy. A display burns inside the stadium Credit: AFP Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund won the race for the remaining Champions League spots, even though the former club subjected the latter to a 3-1 defeat at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Andrej Kramaric fired TSG ahead, with Marco Reus levelling before Adam Szalai and Pavel Kaderabek steered Hoffenheim into third place, while Dortmund took fourth. Missing out were Bayer Leverkusen, who will be frustrated to have to settle for the Europa League after a 3-2 home win over Hannover. Lucas Alario produced two classy strikes, and Julian Brandt one, before Hannover hit back through Niclas Fullkrug and Martin Harnik, meaning Bayer missed out on the Champions League due to their inferior goal difference to BVB. Everton loanee Ademola Lookman ran the show with a goal and two assists as RB Leipzig booked Europa League football by winning 6-2 at Hertha Berlin. Dayot Upamecano gave the capital club the lead with a header but Leipzig promptly levelled through Vedad Ibisevic and were 3-1 up by half-time as Lookman struck before setting up Jean-Kevin Augustin. Timo Werner pushed the visitors further clear with a goal on the break and Lookman found Augustin for a match-killing strike shortly before the hour mark. Salomon Kalou would later notch Hertha's second before Bruma made it six for Leipzig late on. Elsewhere, Guido Burgstaller's bullet header saw Schalke edge Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 and Werder Bremen left it late to triumph 2-1 at Mainz, Theodor Gebre Selassie grabbing the winner after Florian Kainz had cancelled out Jean-Philippe Gbamin's opener.
Hamburg fans ignite flares in anger as team are relegated from Bundesliga for first time
Ten-man Hamburg were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time on Saturday, sparking angry fan demonstrations, despite the team pulling off a 2-1 home victory over Borussia Monchengladbach. HSV had played in the German top flight since their foundation and in the Bundesliga since it began in 1963 but, after several flirtations with the drop in recent years, they have finally bowed out. Aaron Hunt converted an early penalty to put them on the right track and former Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby re-established their lead after Josip Drmic had levelled for Monchengladbach. The home side were reduced to 10 men as Bobby Wood received a second yellow card for a foul after 71 minutes, but - despite Hamburg's efforts to hold on for maximum points - Wolfsburg's 4-1 triumph over bottom side Cologne meant they could not be caught. Instead the Wolves will tackle a relegation/promotion play-off against second-division side Holstein Kiel. Police dogs were brought onto the pitch as fans caused trouble in the stands Credit: AFP It took Josuha Guilavogui only 41 seconds to boost the Wolves ahead, yet Cologne equalised with a classy chip from Jonas Hector. Divock Origi restored Wolfsburg's lead from close range after the break and Robin Knoche ensured they would finish 16th with his 71st-minute effort. Josip Brekalo added gloss to the scoreline at the death. When news that the full-time whistle had blown in Wolfsburg filtered through, Hamburg fans invaded the pitch at the Volksparkstadion, igniting flares and forcing a lengthy suspension as order was restored. Freiburg went into the final day vulnerable to being sucked into the play-off spot by Wolfsburg, but their 2-0 win over Augsburg negated that risk, Nicolas Hofler and Tim Kleindienst grabbing the goals. Hamburg have been relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history Credit: Bongrats Stuttgart spoiled Bayern Munich's title party and Jupp Heynckes' last game in charge of the champions by producing a surprise 4-1 success at the Allianz Arena. Daniel Ginczek scored the first goal of his brace after just five minutes, only for Corentin Tolisso to peg Stuttgart back from a stunning Robert Lewandowski assist. Tassos Donis rocked Bayern again with a goal on the counter-attack before Chadrac Akolo and Ginczek struck to confirm the shock result. It is the first time in over nine years Bayern had conceded four goals at home in the league, although they will not have cared too much as they lifted the Meisterschale trophy. A display burns inside the stadium Credit: AFP Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund won the race for the remaining Champions League spots, even though the former club subjected the latter to a 3-1 defeat at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Andrej Kramaric fired TSG ahead, with Marco Reus levelling before Adam Szalai and Pavel Kaderabek steered Hoffenheim into third place, while Dortmund took fourth. Missing out were Bayer Leverkusen, who will be frustrated to have to settle for the Europa League after a 3-2 home win over Hannover. Lucas Alario produced two classy strikes, and Julian Brandt one, before Hannover hit back through Niclas Fullkrug and Martin Harnik, meaning Bayer missed out on the Champions League due to their inferior goal difference to BVB. Everton loanee Ademola Lookman ran the show with a goal and two assists as RB Leipzig booked Europa League football by winning 6-2 at Hertha Berlin. Dayot Upamecano gave the capital club the lead with a header but Leipzig promptly levelled through Vedad Ibisevic and were 3-1 up by half-time as Lookman struck before setting up Jean-Kevin Augustin. Timo Werner pushed the visitors further clear with a goal on the break and Lookman found Augustin for a match-killing strike shortly before the hour mark. Salomon Kalou would later notch Hertha's second before Bruma made it six for Leipzig late on. Elsewhere, Guido Burgstaller's bullet header saw Schalke edge Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 and Werder Bremen left it late to triumph 2-1 at Mainz, Theodor Gebre Selassie grabbing the winner after Florian Kainz had cancelled out Jean-Philippe Gbamin's opener.
Ten-man Hamburg were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time on Saturday, sparking angry fan demonstrations, despite the team pulling off a 2-1 home victory over Borussia Monchengladbach. HSV had played in the German top flight since their foundation and in the Bundesliga since it began in 1963 but, after several flirtations with the drop in recent years, they have finally bowed out. Aaron Hunt converted an early penalty to put them on the right track and former Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby re-established their lead after Josip Drmic had levelled for Monchengladbach. The home side were reduced to 10 men as Bobby Wood received a second yellow card for a foul after 71 minutes, but - despite Hamburg's efforts to hold on for maximum points - Wolfsburg's 4-1 triumph over bottom side Cologne meant they could not be caught. Instead the Wolves will tackle a relegation/promotion play-off against second-division side Holstein Kiel. Police dogs were brought onto the pitch as fans caused trouble in the stands Credit: AFP It took Josuha Guilavogui only 41 seconds to boost the Wolves ahead, yet Cologne equalised with a classy chip from Jonas Hector. Divock Origi restored Wolfsburg's lead from close range after the break and Robin Knoche ensured they would finish 16th with his 71st-minute effort. Josip Brekalo added gloss to the scoreline at the death. When news that the full-time whistle had blown in Wolfsburg filtered through, Hamburg fans invaded the pitch at the Volksparkstadion, igniting flares and forcing a lengthy suspension as order was restored. Freiburg went into the final day vulnerable to being sucked into the play-off spot by Wolfsburg, but their 2-0 win over Augsburg negated that risk, Nicolas Hofler and Tim Kleindienst grabbing the goals. Hamburg have been relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history Credit: Bongrats Stuttgart spoiled Bayern Munich's title party and Jupp Heynckes' last game in charge of the champions by producing a surprise 4-1 success at the Allianz Arena. Daniel Ginczek scored the first goal of his brace after just five minutes, only for Corentin Tolisso to peg Stuttgart back from a stunning Robert Lewandowski assist. Tassos Donis rocked Bayern again with a goal on the counter-attack before Chadrac Akolo and Ginczek struck to confirm the shock result. It is the first time in over nine years Bayern had conceded four goals at home in the league, although they will not have cared too much as they lifted the Meisterschale trophy. A display burns inside the stadium Credit: AFP Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund won the race for the remaining Champions League spots, even though the former club subjected the latter to a 3-1 defeat at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Andrej Kramaric fired TSG ahead, with Marco Reus levelling before Adam Szalai and Pavel Kaderabek steered Hoffenheim into third place, while Dortmund took fourth. Missing out were Bayer Leverkusen, who will be frustrated to have to settle for the Europa League after a 3-2 home win over Hannover. Lucas Alario produced two classy strikes, and Julian Brandt one, before Hannover hit back through Niclas Fullkrug and Martin Harnik, meaning Bayer missed out on the Champions League due to their inferior goal difference to BVB. Everton loanee Ademola Lookman ran the show with a goal and two assists as RB Leipzig booked Europa League football by winning 6-2 at Hertha Berlin. Dayot Upamecano gave the capital club the lead with a header but Leipzig promptly levelled through Vedad Ibisevic and were 3-1 up by half-time as Lookman struck before setting up Jean-Kevin Augustin. Timo Werner pushed the visitors further clear with a goal on the break and Lookman found Augustin for a match-killing strike shortly before the hour mark. Salomon Kalou would later notch Hertha's second before Bruma made it six for Leipzig late on. Elsewhere, Guido Burgstaller's bullet header saw Schalke edge Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 and Werder Bremen left it late to triumph 2-1 at Mainz, Theodor Gebre Selassie grabbing the winner after Florian Kainz had cancelled out Jean-Philippe Gbamin's opener.
Hamburg fans ignite flares in anger as team are relegated from Bundesliga for first time
Ten-man Hamburg were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time on Saturday, sparking angry fan demonstrations, despite the team pulling off a 2-1 home victory over Borussia Monchengladbach. HSV had played in the German top flight since their foundation and in the Bundesliga since it began in 1963 but, after several flirtations with the drop in recent years, they have finally bowed out. Aaron Hunt converted an early penalty to put them on the right track and former Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby re-established their lead after Josip Drmic had levelled for Monchengladbach. The home side were reduced to 10 men as Bobby Wood received a second yellow card for a foul after 71 minutes, but - despite Hamburg's efforts to hold on for maximum points - Wolfsburg's 4-1 triumph over bottom side Cologne meant they could not be caught. Instead the Wolves will tackle a relegation/promotion play-off against second-division side Holstein Kiel. Police dogs were brought onto the pitch as fans caused trouble in the stands Credit: AFP It took Josuha Guilavogui only 41 seconds to boost the Wolves ahead, yet Cologne equalised with a classy chip from Jonas Hector. Divock Origi restored Wolfsburg's lead from close range after the break and Robin Knoche ensured they would finish 16th with his 71st-minute effort. Josip Brekalo added gloss to the scoreline at the death. When news that the full-time whistle had blown in Wolfsburg filtered through, Hamburg fans invaded the pitch at the Volksparkstadion, igniting flares and forcing a lengthy suspension as order was restored. Freiburg went into the final day vulnerable to being sucked into the play-off spot by Wolfsburg, but their 2-0 win over Augsburg negated that risk, Nicolas Hofler and Tim Kleindienst grabbing the goals. Hamburg have been relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history Credit: Bongrats Stuttgart spoiled Bayern Munich's title party and Jupp Heynckes' last game in charge of the champions by producing a surprise 4-1 success at the Allianz Arena. Daniel Ginczek scored the first goal of his brace after just five minutes, only for Corentin Tolisso to peg Stuttgart back from a stunning Robert Lewandowski assist. Tassos Donis rocked Bayern again with a goal on the counter-attack before Chadrac Akolo and Ginczek struck to confirm the shock result. It is the first time in over nine years Bayern had conceded four goals at home in the league, although they will not have cared too much as they lifted the Meisterschale trophy. A display burns inside the stadium Credit: AFP Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund won the race for the remaining Champions League spots, even though the former club subjected the latter to a 3-1 defeat at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Andrej Kramaric fired TSG ahead, with Marco Reus levelling before Adam Szalai and Pavel Kaderabek steered Hoffenheim into third place, while Dortmund took fourth. Missing out were Bayer Leverkusen, who will be frustrated to have to settle for the Europa League after a 3-2 home win over Hannover. Lucas Alario produced two classy strikes, and Julian Brandt one, before Hannover hit back through Niclas Fullkrug and Martin Harnik, meaning Bayer missed out on the Champions League due to their inferior goal difference to BVB. Everton loanee Ademola Lookman ran the show with a goal and two assists as RB Leipzig booked Europa League football by winning 6-2 at Hertha Berlin. Dayot Upamecano gave the capital club the lead with a header but Leipzig promptly levelled through Vedad Ibisevic and were 3-1 up by half-time as Lookman struck before setting up Jean-Kevin Augustin. Timo Werner pushed the visitors further clear with a goal on the break and Lookman found Augustin for a match-killing strike shortly before the hour mark. Salomon Kalou would later notch Hertha's second before Bruma made it six for Leipzig late on. Elsewhere, Guido Burgstaller's bullet header saw Schalke edge Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 and Werder Bremen left it late to triumph 2-1 at Mainz, Theodor Gebre Selassie grabbing the winner after Florian Kainz had cancelled out Jean-Philippe Gbamin's opener.
Ten-man Hamburg were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time on Saturday, sparking angry fan demonstrations, despite the team pulling off a 2-1 home victory over Borussia Monchengladbach. HSV had played in the German top flight since their foundation and in the Bundesliga since it began in 1963 but, after several flirtations with the drop in recent years, they have finally bowed out. Aaron Hunt converted an early penalty to put them on the right track and former Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby re-established their lead after Josip Drmic had levelled for Monchengladbach. The home side were reduced to 10 men as Bobby Wood received a second yellow card for a foul after 71 minutes, but - despite Hamburg's efforts to hold on for maximum points - Wolfsburg's 4-1 triumph over bottom side Cologne meant they could not be caught. Instead the Wolves will tackle a relegation/promotion play-off against second-division side Holstein Kiel. Police dogs were brought onto the pitch as fans caused trouble in the stands Credit: AFP It took Josuha Guilavogui only 41 seconds to boost the Wolves ahead, yet Cologne equalised with a classy chip from Jonas Hector. Divock Origi restored Wolfsburg's lead from close range after the break and Robin Knoche ensured they would finish 16th with his 71st-minute effort. Josip Brekalo added gloss to the scoreline at the death. When news that the full-time whistle had blown in Wolfsburg filtered through, Hamburg fans invaded the pitch at the Volksparkstadion, igniting flares and forcing a lengthy suspension as order was restored. Freiburg went into the final day vulnerable to being sucked into the play-off spot by Wolfsburg, but their 2-0 win over Augsburg negated that risk, Nicolas Hofler and Tim Kleindienst grabbing the goals. Hamburg have been relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history Credit: Bongrats Stuttgart spoiled Bayern Munich's title party and Jupp Heynckes' last game in charge of the champions by producing a surprise 4-1 success at the Allianz Arena. Daniel Ginczek scored the first goal of his brace after just five minutes, only for Corentin Tolisso to peg Stuttgart back from a stunning Robert Lewandowski assist. Tassos Donis rocked Bayern again with a goal on the counter-attack before Chadrac Akolo and Ginczek struck to confirm the shock result. It is the first time in over nine years Bayern had conceded four goals at home in the league, although they will not have cared too much as they lifted the Meisterschale trophy. A display burns inside the stadium Credit: AFP Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund won the race for the remaining Champions League spots, even though the former club subjected the latter to a 3-1 defeat at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Andrej Kramaric fired TSG ahead, with Marco Reus levelling before Adam Szalai and Pavel Kaderabek steered Hoffenheim into third place, while Dortmund took fourth. Missing out were Bayer Leverkusen, who will be frustrated to have to settle for the Europa League after a 3-2 home win over Hannover. Lucas Alario produced two classy strikes, and Julian Brandt one, before Hannover hit back through Niclas Fullkrug and Martin Harnik, meaning Bayer missed out on the Champions League due to their inferior goal difference to BVB. Everton loanee Ademola Lookman ran the show with a goal and two assists as RB Leipzig booked Europa League football by winning 6-2 at Hertha Berlin. Dayot Upamecano gave the capital club the lead with a header but Leipzig promptly levelled through Vedad Ibisevic and were 3-1 up by half-time as Lookman struck before setting up Jean-Kevin Augustin. Timo Werner pushed the visitors further clear with a goal on the break and Lookman found Augustin for a match-killing strike shortly before the hour mark. Salomon Kalou would later notch Hertha's second before Bruma made it six for Leipzig late on. Elsewhere, Guido Burgstaller's bullet header saw Schalke edge Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 and Werder Bremen left it late to triumph 2-1 at Mainz, Theodor Gebre Selassie grabbing the winner after Florian Kainz had cancelled out Jean-Philippe Gbamin's opener.
Hamburg fans ignite flares in anger as team are relegated from Bundesliga for first time
Ten-man Hamburg were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time on Saturday, sparking angry fan demonstrations, despite the team pulling off a 2-1 home victory over Borussia Monchengladbach. HSV had played in the German top flight since their foundation and in the Bundesliga since it began in 1963 but, after several flirtations with the drop in recent years, they have finally bowed out. Aaron Hunt converted an early penalty to put them on the right track and former Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby re-established their lead after Josip Drmic had levelled for Monchengladbach. The home side were reduced to 10 men as Bobby Wood received a second yellow card for a foul after 71 minutes, but - despite Hamburg's efforts to hold on for maximum points - Wolfsburg's 4-1 triumph over bottom side Cologne meant they could not be caught. Instead the Wolves will tackle a relegation/promotion play-off against second-division side Holstein Kiel. Police dogs were brought onto the pitch as fans caused trouble in the stands Credit: AFP It took Josuha Guilavogui only 41 seconds to boost the Wolves ahead, yet Cologne equalised with a classy chip from Jonas Hector. Divock Origi restored Wolfsburg's lead from close range after the break and Robin Knoche ensured they would finish 16th with his 71st-minute effort. Josip Brekalo added gloss to the scoreline at the death. When news that the full-time whistle had blown in Wolfsburg filtered through, Hamburg fans invaded the pitch at the Volksparkstadion, igniting flares and forcing a lengthy suspension as order was restored. Freiburg went into the final day vulnerable to being sucked into the play-off spot by Wolfsburg, but their 2-0 win over Augsburg negated that risk, Nicolas Hofler and Tim Kleindienst grabbing the goals. Hamburg have been relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history Credit: Bongrats Stuttgart spoiled Bayern Munich's title party and Jupp Heynckes' last game in charge of the champions by producing a surprise 4-1 success at the Allianz Arena. Daniel Ginczek scored the first goal of his brace after just five minutes, only for Corentin Tolisso to peg Stuttgart back from a stunning Robert Lewandowski assist. Tassos Donis rocked Bayern again with a goal on the counter-attack before Chadrac Akolo and Ginczek struck to confirm the shock result. It is the first time in over nine years Bayern had conceded four goals at home in the league, although they will not have cared too much as they lifted the Meisterschale trophy. A display burns inside the stadium Credit: AFP Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund won the race for the remaining Champions League spots, even though the former club subjected the latter to a 3-1 defeat at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Andrej Kramaric fired TSG ahead, with Marco Reus levelling before Adam Szalai and Pavel Kaderabek steered Hoffenheim into third place, while Dortmund took fourth. Missing out were Bayer Leverkusen, who will be frustrated to have to settle for the Europa League after a 3-2 home win over Hannover. Lucas Alario produced two classy strikes, and Julian Brandt one, before Hannover hit back through Niclas Fullkrug and Martin Harnik, meaning Bayer missed out on the Champions League due to their inferior goal difference to BVB. Everton loanee Ademola Lookman ran the show with a goal and two assists as RB Leipzig booked Europa League football by winning 6-2 at Hertha Berlin. Dayot Upamecano gave the capital club the lead with a header but Leipzig promptly levelled through Vedad Ibisevic and were 3-1 up by half-time as Lookman struck before setting up Jean-Kevin Augustin. Timo Werner pushed the visitors further clear with a goal on the break and Lookman found Augustin for a match-killing strike shortly before the hour mark. Salomon Kalou would later notch Hertha's second before Bruma made it six for Leipzig late on. Elsewhere, Guido Burgstaller's bullet header saw Schalke edge Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 and Werder Bremen left it late to triumph 2-1 at Mainz, Theodor Gebre Selassie grabbing the winner after Florian Kainz had cancelled out Jean-Philippe Gbamin's opener.
Ten-man Hamburg were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time on Saturday, sparking angry fan demonstrations, despite the team pulling off a 2-1 home victory over Borussia Monchengladbach. HSV had played in the German top flight since their foundation and in the Bundesliga since it began in 1963 but, after several flirtations with the drop in recent years, they have finally bowed out. Aaron Hunt converted an early penalty to put them on the right track and former Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby re-established their lead after Josip Drmic had levelled for Monchengladbach. The home side were reduced to 10 men as Bobby Wood received a second yellow card for a foul after 71 minutes, but - despite Hamburg's efforts to hold on for maximum points - Wolfsburg's 4-1 triumph over bottom side Cologne meant they could not be caught. Instead the Wolves will tackle a relegation/promotion play-off against second-division side Holstein Kiel. Police dogs were brought onto the pitch as fans caused trouble in the stands Credit: AFP It took Josuha Guilavogui only 41 seconds to boost the Wolves ahead, yet Cologne equalised with a classy chip from Jonas Hector. Divock Origi restored Wolfsburg's lead from close range after the break and Robin Knoche ensured they would finish 16th with his 71st-minute effort. Josip Brekalo added gloss to the scoreline at the death. When news that the full-time whistle had blown in Wolfsburg filtered through, Hamburg fans invaded the pitch at the Volksparkstadion, igniting flares and forcing a lengthy suspension as order was restored. Freiburg went into the final day vulnerable to being sucked into the play-off spot by Wolfsburg, but their 2-0 win over Augsburg negated that risk, Nicolas Hofler and Tim Kleindienst grabbing the goals. Hamburg have been relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history Credit: Bongrats Stuttgart spoiled Bayern Munich's title party and Jupp Heynckes' last game in charge of the champions by producing a surprise 4-1 success at the Allianz Arena. Daniel Ginczek scored the first goal of his brace after just five minutes, only for Corentin Tolisso to peg Stuttgart back from a stunning Robert Lewandowski assist. Tassos Donis rocked Bayern again with a goal on the counter-attack before Chadrac Akolo and Ginczek struck to confirm the shock result. It is the first time in over nine years Bayern had conceded four goals at home in the league, although they will not have cared too much as they lifted the Meisterschale trophy. A display burns inside the stadium Credit: AFP Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund won the race for the remaining Champions League spots, even though the former club subjected the latter to a 3-1 defeat at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Andrej Kramaric fired TSG ahead, with Marco Reus levelling before Adam Szalai and Pavel Kaderabek steered Hoffenheim into third place, while Dortmund took fourth. Missing out were Bayer Leverkusen, who will be frustrated to have to settle for the Europa League after a 3-2 home win over Hannover. Lucas Alario produced two classy strikes, and Julian Brandt one, before Hannover hit back through Niclas Fullkrug and Martin Harnik, meaning Bayer missed out on the Champions League due to their inferior goal difference to BVB. Everton loanee Ademola Lookman ran the show with a goal and two assists as RB Leipzig booked Europa League football by winning 6-2 at Hertha Berlin. Dayot Upamecano gave the capital club the lead with a header but Leipzig promptly levelled through Vedad Ibisevic and were 3-1 up by half-time as Lookman struck before setting up Jean-Kevin Augustin. Timo Werner pushed the visitors further clear with a goal on the break and Lookman found Augustin for a match-killing strike shortly before the hour mark. Salomon Kalou would later notch Hertha's second before Bruma made it six for Leipzig late on. Elsewhere, Guido Burgstaller's bullet header saw Schalke edge Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 and Werder Bremen left it late to triumph 2-1 at Mainz, Theodor Gebre Selassie grabbing the winner after Florian Kainz had cancelled out Jean-Philippe Gbamin's opener.
Hamburg fans ignite flares in anger as team are relegated from Bundesliga for first time
Ten-man Hamburg were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time on Saturday, sparking angry fan demonstrations, despite the team pulling off a 2-1 home victory over Borussia Monchengladbach. HSV had played in the German top flight since their foundation and in the Bundesliga since it began in 1963 but, after several flirtations with the drop in recent years, they have finally bowed out. Aaron Hunt converted an early penalty to put them on the right track and former Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby re-established their lead after Josip Drmic had levelled for Monchengladbach. The home side were reduced to 10 men as Bobby Wood received a second yellow card for a foul after 71 minutes, but - despite Hamburg's efforts to hold on for maximum points - Wolfsburg's 4-1 triumph over bottom side Cologne meant they could not be caught. Instead the Wolves will tackle a relegation/promotion play-off against second-division side Holstein Kiel. Police dogs were brought onto the pitch as fans caused trouble in the stands Credit: AFP It took Josuha Guilavogui only 41 seconds to boost the Wolves ahead, yet Cologne equalised with a classy chip from Jonas Hector. Divock Origi restored Wolfsburg's lead from close range after the break and Robin Knoche ensured they would finish 16th with his 71st-minute effort. Josip Brekalo added gloss to the scoreline at the death. When news that the full-time whistle had blown in Wolfsburg filtered through, Hamburg fans invaded the pitch at the Volksparkstadion, igniting flares and forcing a lengthy suspension as order was restored. Freiburg went into the final day vulnerable to being sucked into the play-off spot by Wolfsburg, but their 2-0 win over Augsburg negated that risk, Nicolas Hofler and Tim Kleindienst grabbing the goals. Hamburg have been relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history Credit: Bongrats Stuttgart spoiled Bayern Munich's title party and Jupp Heynckes' last game in charge of the champions by producing a surprise 4-1 success at the Allianz Arena. Daniel Ginczek scored the first goal of his brace after just five minutes, only for Corentin Tolisso to peg Stuttgart back from a stunning Robert Lewandowski assist. Tassos Donis rocked Bayern again with a goal on the counter-attack before Chadrac Akolo and Ginczek struck to confirm the shock result. It is the first time in over nine years Bayern had conceded four goals at home in the league, although they will not have cared too much as they lifted the Meisterschale trophy. A display burns inside the stadium Credit: AFP Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund won the race for the remaining Champions League spots, even though the former club subjected the latter to a 3-1 defeat at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Andrej Kramaric fired TSG ahead, with Marco Reus levelling before Adam Szalai and Pavel Kaderabek steered Hoffenheim into third place, while Dortmund took fourth. Missing out were Bayer Leverkusen, who will be frustrated to have to settle for the Europa League after a 3-2 home win over Hannover. Lucas Alario produced two classy strikes, and Julian Brandt one, before Hannover hit back through Niclas Fullkrug and Martin Harnik, meaning Bayer missed out on the Champions League due to their inferior goal difference to BVB. Everton loanee Ademola Lookman ran the show with a goal and two assists as RB Leipzig booked Europa League football by winning 6-2 at Hertha Berlin. Dayot Upamecano gave the capital club the lead with a header but Leipzig promptly levelled through Vedad Ibisevic and were 3-1 up by half-time as Lookman struck before setting up Jean-Kevin Augustin. Timo Werner pushed the visitors further clear with a goal on the break and Lookman found Augustin for a match-killing strike shortly before the hour mark. Salomon Kalou would later notch Hertha's second before Bruma made it six for Leipzig late on. Elsewhere, Guido Burgstaller's bullet header saw Schalke edge Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 and Werder Bremen left it late to triumph 2-1 at Mainz, Theodor Gebre Selassie grabbing the winner after Florian Kainz had cancelled out Jean-Philippe Gbamin's opener.
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
Premier League farewells: The players and managers signing off this weekend... and those who could be
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
Premier League farewells: The players and managers signing off this weekend... and those who could be
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
Premier League farewells: The players and managers signing off this weekend... and those who could be
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
Premier League farewells: The players and managers signing off this weekend... and those who could be
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
Premier League farewells: The players and managers signing off this weekend... and those who could be
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
Premier League farewells: The players and managers signing off this weekend... and those who could be
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
Premier League farewells: The players and managers signing off this weekend... and those who could be
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
Premier League farewells: The players and managers signing off this weekend... and those who could be
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
Premier League farewells: The players and managers signing off this weekend... and those who could be
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
Premier League farewells: The players and managers signing off this weekend... and those who could be
It will be an emotionally charged afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday where Arsene Wenger will deliver his final dressing room speech to an attentive Arsenal squad. The Frenchman will not be the only individual connected to a top-flight club wiping away a tear or two come 5pm. A host of other players are preparing to sign off at their respective clubs this weekend. Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time. Get the tissues ready. The players and manager saying au revoir... Arsene Wenger Near on 24,000 fans will pack Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium to witness the end of the Arsene Wenger farewell tour. It isn't the glamorous and prestigious surroundings Wenger nor the majority of Arsenal fans would have preferred to see the Frenchman bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at the north London club which yielded three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and 20 St Totteringham Day memories. Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal after 22 years in charge Credit: AFP Per Mertesacker Unlike Wenger, veteran defender Mertesacker will not be leaving Arsenal altogether after ending his playing days. The 33-year-old German will return after the summer recess in a new full-time role as the club's academy manager. Mertesacker ends his playing days with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name since joining from Werder Bremen in 2011. He has won three FA Cups during his spell and was man-of-the-match in last year's final against Chelsea. Per Mertesacker will take up a new role at Arsenal this summer Credit: Reuters Yaya Toure The Ivorian played a huge part in Manchester City's rise to Premier League glory after joining from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He was an integral part of their first two title wins in 2012 and 2014, especially the latter one which yielded 20 league goals and nine assists. Only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more that season. The versatile Toure was a player for the big occasion and weighed in with some important goals. His winner against Stoke in the 2011 FA Cup final ended City's 35-year-old wait for a major trophy. Yaya Toure lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend Credit: Getty Images Michael Carrick Described as "the best English player in the game" by Sir Alex Ferguson and after nearly 500 appearances for Manchester United, the 36-year-old will become part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff when he hangs up his boots. Twelve years after swapping Tottenham for United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and six other major trophies during his days at Old Trafford. A mentor for the players in the current squad, Paul Pogba spoke earlier this season of the impact the Englishman has behind the scenes. "I listen to his advice," Pogba said. "Every time, before a game, he comes to talk to me and he will ask me things and keep me calm. He is a mentor to me and someone I look up to." Carrick will become part of Mourinho's coaching set-up next season Credit: Getty Images Angel Rangel Swansea are all but down anyway, but the club's 35-year-old captain will not be handed a new contract after 11 years at the Liberty Stadium. Rangel joined in 2007 and was a part of Swans' journey from League One to Premier League side. And those who could be signing off... Robert Huth The 33-year-old centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer after being told be will not be offered a new deal at Leicester. Huth has been unable to play this season due to ongoing ankle and foot injuries. "It is a great shame that I have been unable to call on Robert's experience due to injury this season, but he is a fantastic man and is always a positive influence on the squad and for this I am grateful," Leicester manager Claude Puel said. The Germany defender was key to Leicester's title winning campaign two seasons ago. Huth could be signed by another Premier League club this summer - if not, he will wave goodbye Credit: Getty Images Santi Cazorla The Spanish midfielder recently returned to training after 19 months out with an Achilles injury. The 33-year-old hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has gone under the knife nine times in the last 14 months. Cazorla's contract expires this summer and while he was an influential figure for the club when fit, he may ultimately decide to call time on his career. Cazorla returned to Arsenal training last week Credit: Getty Images Wayne Rooney When the 32-year-old left Manchester United last summer he had visions of ending his career at Everton, his boyhood club. A difficult season later, however, and the lures of a switch to MLS could prove too hard to resist with DC United said to have tabled a two-year deal to sign the former England captain. His next move could yet hang on the future of Sam Allardyce at Goodison. Allardyce wants to stay but has been given no reassurances from the board that his time on Merseyside will continue beyond the summer. Wayne Rooney has been linked with a switch to America again Credit: PA Emre Can It wouldn't be a physical send off as such as the 24-year-old is currently in Germany undergoing treatment for a back injury. Can has made 26 Premier League appearances this season but has been injured since March and is out of contract in the summer. Juventus are keen to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when the summer window opens. Can is out of contract in the summer Credit: Getty Images Patrice Evra A massive over-haul is expected at West Ham and the chance of veteran defender Evra being offered a fresh deal is hugely unlikely. The 36-year-old signed on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover and, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hinting that funds could be available this summer, Evra's services will be surplus to requirements. Patrice Eva signed a short-term deal at West Ham back in February Credit: Reuters Peter Crouch Relegation never crossed the giant striker's mind when he signed a contract extension at Stoke last November. The 37-year-old said recently he would have to reconsider his future if they went down and clearly feels he is still capable of doing a job in the top flight. "We have to take stock in the summer and we have to address what has gone on this season because we have been nowhere near it. From a personal point of view, it would be a real shame to leave this club." Peter Crouch never thought Stoke would get relegated Credit: Getty Images
Each of the 31 qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup plus the hosts will name their provisional 35 man squads for the tournament by the deadline on May 14, exactly a month before the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. They will then have until June 4 to cull the numbers down to 23. Those who do not make the cut are likely to be placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about who is available and who is struggling to make it. Group A Egypt No significant injury worries for Héctor Cúper, not even over the 45-year-old goalkeeper and captain Essam El-Hadary who is firmly on course to become the oldest player in finals history. There are wider concerns over the form of West Brom's shell-shocked Ahmed Hegazi but it is countered by Mohamed Salah's during his outstanding debut season at Liverpool. Russia Stanislav Cherchisov has been tasked with taking the hosts to the last four at least, which will be difficult given their results in a very taxing build-up programme - defeated by Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and France. Aleksandr Kokorin, the 27-year-old Zenit winger who scored Russia's goal in the draw with Algeria during the 2014 tournament, is all but certain to miss the World Cup having damaged his ACL in mid March. Igor Denisov, the Lokomotiv defensive midfielder and Russia captain under Fabio Capello, fell out with Cherchisov years ago at Dynamo Moscow and the manager has refused to pick him while arguments between Cherchisov and the 6ft 5in striker Artem Dzyuba threaten his involvement. CSKA twins Aleksei and Vasily Berezutski retired after Euro 2016 and have refused the manager's entreaties to return to the squad at the age of 35 following the serious knee injuries suffered by Viktor Vasin and Georgi Dzhikiya. Saudi Arabia The only team at the tournament ranked lower than the hosts, it's a fortuitous coincidence for Russia that they were drawn out to play the curtain-raiser. A resounding defeat by Belgium in March was forgivable but their 4-1 loss inIraq the month before has provoked understandable disquiet. Decisions to send the midfielders Yahya Al-Shehri, Salem Al-Dawsari and Fahad Al-Muwallad on loan to Leganes, Villarreal and Levante respectively in January has backfired. None of the national team stalwarts had played a minute of Liga football by the end of March 2018. Uruguay Oscar Tabárez's team looks as powerful as ever, built around the relentless, uncompromising defensive work of Diego Godín, the attacking prowess of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez supplied by Gastón Ramírez and now with the young, athletic Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur to add drive to the usual steel. Veteran defender Martín Cáceres has a calf injury that had restricted him to only one appearance by the end of March following his transfer from Verona after that dreadful year at Southampton and remains the major doubt. World Cup predictor Group B Iran Ashkan Dejagah, a Bundesliga title-winner with Wolfsburg and fondly remembered by Fulham fans who elected him player of the year in 2013-14, returned to England with Nottingham Forest as a free agent in January but suffered a knee injury the following month that will keep him out until the end of April. The 31-year-old midfielder, who played all three group matches in Brazil four years ago, is Carlos Queiroz's only significant injury worry. Captain Masoud Shojaei has returned to the squad after seven months and has so far overcome opposition from the deputy sports minister and another parliamentarian for playing for Panionios against Maccabi Tel Aviv in a Europa League qualifier. A national team life ban for playing against a representative of a state Iran does not recognise had been proposed but Queiroz ignored the calls. Morocco The African Nations champions qualified without conceding a goal and three-quarters of the defence that earned them their enviable record - Nabil Dirar, Mehdi Benatia and Romain Saiss - are all fit and in impressive form. The versatile Real Madrid prodigy, Achraf Hakimi, however, was withdrawn from the squad for the March friendlies when injured on the first day of training and is likely to miss a few weeks while the midfielder Ait Bennasser, who hurt his thigh while playing for Caen against Angers in March, is not expected to be back on contention until the beginning of May at the earliest. Zouhair Feddal, who plays at left-back for Real Betis, ruptured his Achilles in February and, barring a miracle, will miss the World Cup. England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked Portugal Renato Sanches, who was so sensational at Euro 2016 that Bayern Munich agreed a deal to sign the teenage midfielder that committed them to spending as much as £72m for him, has endured a wretched run of form and fitness ever since. His latest hamstring injury while on loan at Swansea has kept him sidelined since mid January and the Premier League club sent him back to Munich at the end of March for treatment, admitting he might not return. But, to much surprise, he returned to the matchday squad for the visit of Chelsea on April 28 but didn't get on in the 1-0 defeat. Major concerns persist over the durability of the veteran central defenders - Jose Fonte and Bruno Silva, 34 and 36 respectively - who are currently fit but have had lengthy lay-offs in recent months while the 35-year-old Pepe is nursing a broken toe. Spain No significant injury concerns so far for Julen Lopetegui but the form of Alvaro Morata at Chelsea has been a worry and led to him being left out of the squad for the spring friendlies. Diego Costa, in the rudest of health and spirit at Atlético Madrid, should lead the line which may make a romantic recall for Spain's top-scorer, New York City's David Villa, at the age of 36 far more remote than it seemed last autumn. Cesc Fabregas and Bayern Munich's Javi Martínez have been notable omissions from Lopetegui's squads ever since he took over from Vicente del Bosque in 2016 and while neither are resigned to missing out, recalls at this late stage are extremely unlikely. Group C Australia Bert van Marwijk, appointed in January on a seven-month contract, recalled the goalkeeper Brad Jones after four years out of international football in his first squad and the former Liverpool reserve, now with Feyenoord, has a good chance of making it to Russia in place of Adam Federici, the Bournemouth back-up, who has not played for 15 months after suffering back-to-back knee injuries. Matthew Spiranovic, a free agent since his release by Zhejiang Greentown in February, will pay the price for not heeding former manager Ange Postecoglou who repeatedly warned him that playing in the Chinese second division was not adequate preparation for a World Cup place. Melbourne Victory centre-half Rhys Williams, hoping to make his first World Cup after injury ruled him out of South Africa and Brazil, tore his calf on April 29 and looks like making it third time unlucky. Kaiserslautern's Brandon Borrello ruptured his ACL during a training session in the last week of April and has no chance of making it. Denmark Chelsea's Andreas Christensen and Brentford's Henrik Dalsgaard were sent home early from the squads for the spring friendlies, the former because of 'exhaustion' and the latter excused to spend some time with his newborn daughter. Both have been told that they are certainties for Age Hareide's 23.Central defender Andreas Bjelland has been troubled by an achilles injury but has returned to the Brentford squad while Lasse Vibe, who left Griffin Park in February for the Chinese Super League's Changchun Yatai, is running out of time to prove his fitness and sharpness after heel and hamstring injuries blighted the first half of his season. World Cup 2018 stadiums France Laurent Koscielny will miss the tournament after rupturing his achilles tendon in Arsenal's Europa League semi-final, second leg against Atletico Madrid. Benjamin Mendy has been out since September with a cruciate ligament injury but has been training with Manchester City's first-team squad since the beginning of March and should be back before the end of the season. If the left-back makes it he may go straight into the starting XI given Layvin Kurzawa's recent loss of form at PSG. Florian Thauvin, who has gone from zero to hero on his return from Newcastle to Marseille, should overcome a hamstring injury to make it but squad stalwarts Alexandre Lacazette, Moussa Sissoko and Dimitri Payet may all miss out after disappointing domestic seasons. Djibril Sidibe has injured the meniscus in his right knee and will miss the end of Monaco's season but the right-back hopes to be back in time to make Didier Deschamps' XXIII. Peru First-choice goalkeeper Pedro Gallese had knee surgery to correct a meniscus problem last February and though he is behind schedule to return for his Mexican league club Veracruz, remains confident that he will be ready for the friendly against Scotland on May 29. Veteran striker and captain Paolo Guerrero is currently serving a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine and other banned drugs following Peru's draw with Argentina last October. Peru will bring their famous kit to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images His suspension, reduced on appeal, ends on May 3 but his second appeal will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport before then as he continues to maintain he was the victim of contaminated food. Group D Argentina Ramiro Funes Mori's return to Everton's bench on the last day of March after more than a year out with a knee injury is a fillip to Jorge Sampaoli and his creaking defence. Roma winger Diego Perotti should return from a calf strain by the middle of April but Boca Juniors' playmaker Fernando Gago and centre-forward Dario Benedetto have been ruled out by their club who hope to have them back for pre-season training though neither severe knee-injury victim has given up hope of 11th-hour breakthroughs in their recovery regimes. World Cup Russian host cities you've never heard of Croatia Veterans Danijel Subasic, Dejan Lovren, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Nikola Kalinic and Mario Mandzukic all withdrew from last month's two-match tour to the United States to conserve their energies but they are fit and certainties for the squad barring any late setbacks. Ante Rebic, the Eintracht Frankfurt winger, and Fiorentina's defensive midfielder Milan Baldelj have missed games in April with a torn calf and rib injuries respectively but are due back before the end of the month and should take their places in Zlatko Dalic's 23. Iceland The medial ligament injury Gylfi Sigurdsson sustained in his right knee when playing for Everton against Brighton at the beginning of March was expected to end his domestic season while keeping a glimmer of hope alive that he would be fit for Russia. Sam Allardyce said he would personally deliver a 'b---------' to the employee who released a statement saying he was out for eight weeks and countered it by suggesting that the playmaker was a quick healer and may be back before May which gives Heimir Hallgrimsson grounds for optimism. Alfreð Finnbogason, the Augsburg centre-forward, who has been out since the end of January with a calf injury, is expected to make his comeback in mid April. Nigeria Wilfred Ndidi will miss the end of Leicester' season with a hamstring damaged during their walloping by Crystal Palace on April 28. His team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho broke his hand while playing for the Super Eagles during their defeat by Serbia last month but returned to bench duty for Leicester after missing only one Premier League game. Henry Onyekuru, the Everton forward who is spending 2017-18 on loan at Anderlecht, underwent knee ligament surgery in December but insisted he would be in contention to make the squad. On April 2 he returned to first-team training and says he will be ready to play and add to his nine league goals in 19 appearances before the month is out. Group E Brazil Neymar's metatarsal injury on Feb 25 threatened to turn into another bout of national self-flagellation and despondency but the initial prognosis that he would be out for 12 weeks still gives him time to recover and subsequent revisions of his estimated absence that have shaved four weeks off his return date should allow him to find some sharpness, too. Philippe Coutinho's ropey form since moving to Barcelona will not discourage Tite, who will use the Anfield friendly against Croatia at the start of June to reacquaint him with his best days alongside familiar faces in familiar surroundings. Filipe Luis, the Atlético left-back and back-up to Marcelo, fractured his fibula in mid-March but is hopeful of returning should Diego Simeone's team qualify for the Europa League final. Tite has never had much time for David Luiz's qualities and though the centre-back, whose knee injury has kept him out of Chelsea's squad since the middle of February, is striving to put himself in contention, his quest will probably be in vain. Costa Rica Joel Campbell, remarkably still an Arsenal player, injured his ankle while playing on loan for Real Betis at the end of October and has not played since. The forward reported that he was fit at the end of February and has returned to full training so seems likely to make the cut for the squad even if he will be woefully lacking match fitness, not that it did Paolo Rossi much harm in 1982 nor Marco van Basten at Euro 88. New York City left-back Ronald Matarrita has a hamstring injury that has hampered his preparations and Portland Timbers' defensive midfielder David Guzman has missed the past fortnight with a sprained knee sustained on international duty. The state of Neymar's health has become a Brazilian obsession Credit: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Switzerland Vladimir Petkovic expects Udinese's Valon Behrami to recover from his shoulder injury in a couple of weeks and has no other pressing concerns. Eren Derdiyok. Admir Mehmedi and Xherdan Shaqiri all sat out the recent friendlies (a 1-0 victory over Greece and a 6-0 thrashing of Panama) but should make the final squad when it is announced on May 14. Serbia Matija Nastasic damaged knee ligaments on April 12 playing for Schalke and the best prognosis for the centre-half is a six-week recuperation. Mladen Krstajic, a fine defender for Partizan, Werder Bremen, Schalke and the national team but a rookie coach appointed to this, his first job, only last December, has all his core players fit and only Benfica's Ljubomir Fejsa, the defensive midfielder who has won 10 successive league titles across three countries, suffering from recurring but minor, niggling problems. Fejsa has not played for Serbia since 2016 and would be a back-up only to Nemanja Matic and Luka Milivojevic if he makes the squad but would be a contender for tattoo of the tournament for the chest tableau that commemorates his return from serious injury while playing for Partizan and his later triumphs with Olympiakos and Benfica. ...⚽️❗️....done✔️ #f5 #justdone #stillfresh Obrigado Mareeee���� @maretattoo A post shared by Fejsa Ljubomir & Suzana (@fejsa5) on Mar 25, 2018 at 1:42pm PDT Group F Germany Borussia Monchengladbach's Lars Stindl is out with an ankle injury but Manuel Neuer returned to full goalkeeper training on April 5 after six months out having fractured a metatarsal in his left foot for the third time in a year and undergone surgery to insert a plate to protect the bone. The Bayern Munich and Germany captain has manged only three Bundesliga appearances this season yet, although Joachim Löw has benefited from his absence by exploiting it to give Marc-Andre Ter Stegen valuable international experience, the world champions will go to the wire to include Neuer. Jerome Boateng, though, is a serious doubt after injuring his knee during the first leg of Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. Boateng was injured during Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid Credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images Marco Reus, who missed the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 with ankle and groin injuries, made his comeback from cruciate ligament surgery in February after eight months out and Borussia Dortmund have nursed his return, allowing him time off to recover from soreness, over the past few weeks. "With Marco," said Löw, "it's important to us that he is brought to the top level carefully and without further pressure and that he gains in stability." Mario Götze, the scorer of the winning goal at Maracana, was left out of the squad for the spring friendlies after a dip in form while his Dortmund team-mate and World Cup final goal-provider Andre Schürrle, finally free of knee and achilles injuries, has impressed Löw sufficiently to reassure him that he still has a chance but has yet to earn a call-up. Mexico Giovani Dos Santos should be back for LA Galaxy by the end of April after his hamstring injury in early March and will resume his place in Mexico's midfield alongside Porto captain Hector Herrera who travelled with the national team for the spring double header against Iceland and Croatia but was sent back to his club for treatment because of an unspecified muscle injury. Starting central defender Carlos Salcedeo broke his collarbone during the defeat by Croatia and had surgery to have it pinned but is expected to return for Eintracht Frankfurt just before the end of the season. Another key defender, Nestor Araujo who plays for Santos Laguna, was also injured in the same match and has had keyhole surgery to repair meniscus damage. He, too, is expected to make a first-team comeback before the squad deadline of May 14. South Korea Shin Tae-yong's greatest concern last month as he prepares for his first tournament since moving up from U-20 manager to secure qualification centred not on fitness but the fatigue of Son Heung-min after a long season and a gruelling buil-up to it. "For most Europe-based players, they are used to getting in shape in August before the new season starts. I'm really worried that Son's form might go down from May, with his concentration waning and him becoming physically exhausted," he said. Former Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-gook, a member of the France 98 squad at the age of 18, harbours hopes of a place after a recall last September for the final qualifier against Uzbekistan but he has not been picked since. The sitter he missed against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup haunted him for years but most supporters seem to have forgiven him and would welcome the selection of the K-League's highest scorer. Sweden It would be unfair for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who played no part in qualification having retired after Euro 2016, to overshadow the preparations of the squad in making it to Russia but his possible return, despite his controversial link-up with a betting firm that would seem to preclude him being recalled under Fifa regulations, is dominating their build-up. "Just as with the national team, if I want to play, I’ll play," he said. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not ruled out a comeback Credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong “This is not a question for Fifa, it’s a question for me and what I want.” Janne Andersson has no injury worries with a month to go but the inexperience of all his goalkeepers must be a cause of some disquiet. Robin Olsen performed heroically against Italy in the second leg of the play-off but he has only 16 caps and the manager has tried several alternatives in pursuit of an undisputed No1. Group G Belgium Michy Batshuayi, having scored nine goals in 14 games during a terrific loan spell at Dortmund, left the field on a stretcher on April 15 after sustaining an ankle injury during the derby defeat by Schalke that has ended his season but not his World Cup chances even if they are now very slim indeed. Vincent Kompany's return to form and fitness has removed Roberto Martínez's most long-standing doubt though Christian Benteke's travails in front of goal for Crystal Palace had put his chances of a squad place as a back-up to Romelu Lukaku at serious risk until Batshuayi's injury. Nacer Chadli has missed West Brom's doomed 'fight' against relegation since December with hip and thigh injuries but Albion report that he is ready to return on April 21 after an impressive showing in training. Thibaut Courtois has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the spring friendlies and Chelsea's defeat by Spurs for whom Toby Alderweireld remains on the peripheries, which must be a worry for Martínez. England Liverpool pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez miss the tournament through injury but team-mate Nathaniel Clyne is making gradual returns to first-team football and may be a late contender for a squad place. Phil Jones has suffered recurrent hamstring injuries this season and, although he is now fit while Jack Wilshere, who withdrew from the spring squads, remains an outsider as does Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has returned to Palace's side after three months out with an ankle injury and knee pain. Adam Lallana has endured a desperate run with injuries Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Nathaniel Chalobah joined the England squad in March to continue his rehabilitation from a fractured knee-cap but is unlikely to play for Watford before the season's end while Daniel Sturridge was out for two months with a hamstring injury that has turned his loan move to West Bromwich into an exorbitant farce. Adam Lallana has gone to South Africa for rehab therapy on his injured hamstring and Gareth Southgate is understood to be willing to give him until May 13 to prove he can make it but that has to be a serious doubt after a couple of injury-wrecked seasons. Panama The World Cup finals debutants have no injuries to report and Hernán Darío Gómez has a full-strength squad of relatively unknown but remarkably experienced players - the 24 men picked for the spring friendlies averaged 59 caps each - ready for Russia. Tunisia Tunisia have suffered the worst blow of all 32 teams to date, losing their playmaker Youssef Msakni, who suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury on April 7 that will keep him out for at least six months. The attacking midfielder, who has 49 caps, tore an anterior ligament playing for his Qatar Stars League club, Al-Duhail, against Al-Sailiya. Nabil Maloul, Tunisia's manager, was asked in March what Msakni's absence would mean when the player could not feature in the spring friendlies because of a minor meniscus problem that required 10 days' rest, he said it would be like Argentina going to Russia without Lionel Messi. Group H Colombia Juan Cuadrado gave Jose Pekerman a scare by injuring his groin back in January and the initial prognosis, that he would be out for at least three months after surgery, possibly six, was discouraging. But the winger made his return for Juventus ahead of schedule last month while Sampdoria's Duvan Zapata, who missed their match with Cagliari on April 28, should also make it back before the end of the season. Japan Turmoil at management level - Akira Nishino replaced Vahid Halilhodzic at the beginning of April - contrasts with relative serenity over options for selection. Second-choice keeper, Masaaki Higashiguchi, fractured his cheekbone on April 21 but is likely to make the World Cup 23 even if he has to play in a face mask for precautionary reasons. Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai was ruled out for three weeks in April with a medial collateral ligament strain in his left knee and misses both legs of their Europa League semifinal against Red Bull Salzburg but is confident of recovering in time to participate in Russia. World Cup 2018 venues Poland Veteran midfielder, the live blogger's friend Jakub Blaszczykowski, made his first start for Hamburg since February on April 28 and should be fit to make a squad that has no major current concerns about its key components. Artur Boruc, who had 60 caps, announced his international retirement last year bur had long since taken the role of third banana behind Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny. Senegal Monaco's fiery forward Keita Balde has been out since April 7 with a hamstring injury but should be back for the St Etienne game on May 12.The principal worry for Aliou Cisse concered his centre-back and vice-captain Kara Mbodji, who has not played since before Christmas following knee surgery for an injury he picked up playing for Anderlecht. After thrice-daily rehab sessions, Kara says he hopes to be involved for their final league game against Club Brugge on May 6.
World Cup 2018 squad guide: Latest group news and updates
Each of the 31 qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup plus the hosts will name their provisional 35 man squads for the tournament by the deadline on May 14, exactly a month before the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. They will then have until June 4 to cull the numbers down to 23. Those who do not make the cut are likely to be placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about who is available and who is struggling to make it. Group A Egypt No significant injury worries for Héctor Cúper, not even over the 45-year-old goalkeeper and captain Essam El-Hadary who is firmly on course to become the oldest player in finals history. There are wider concerns over the form of West Brom's shell-shocked Ahmed Hegazi but it is countered by Mohamed Salah's during his outstanding debut season at Liverpool. Russia Stanislav Cherchisov has been tasked with taking the hosts to the last four at least, which will be difficult given their results in a very taxing build-up programme - defeated by Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and France. Aleksandr Kokorin, the 27-year-old Zenit winger who scored Russia's goal in the draw with Algeria during the 2014 tournament, is all but certain to miss the World Cup having damaged his ACL in mid March. Igor Denisov, the Lokomotiv defensive midfielder and Russia captain under Fabio Capello, fell out with Cherchisov years ago at Dynamo Moscow and the manager has refused to pick him while arguments between Cherchisov and the 6ft 5in striker Artem Dzyuba threaten his involvement. CSKA twins Aleksei and Vasily Berezutski retired after Euro 2016 and have refused the manager's entreaties to return to the squad at the age of 35 following the serious knee injuries suffered by Viktor Vasin and Georgi Dzhikiya. Saudi Arabia The only team at the tournament ranked lower than the hosts, it's a fortuitous coincidence for Russia that they were drawn out to play the curtain-raiser. A resounding defeat by Belgium in March was forgivable but their 4-1 loss inIraq the month before has provoked understandable disquiet. Decisions to send the midfielders Yahya Al-Shehri, Salem Al-Dawsari and Fahad Al-Muwallad on loan to Leganes, Villarreal and Levante respectively in January has backfired. None of the national team stalwarts had played a minute of Liga football by the end of March 2018. Uruguay Oscar Tabárez's team looks as powerful as ever, built around the relentless, uncompromising defensive work of Diego Godín, the attacking prowess of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez supplied by Gastón Ramírez and now with the young, athletic Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur to add drive to the usual steel. Veteran defender Martín Cáceres has a calf injury that had restricted him to only one appearance by the end of March following his transfer from Verona after that dreadful year at Southampton and remains the major doubt. World Cup predictor Group B Iran Ashkan Dejagah, a Bundesliga title-winner with Wolfsburg and fondly remembered by Fulham fans who elected him player of the year in 2013-14, returned to England with Nottingham Forest as a free agent in January but suffered a knee injury the following month that will keep him out until the end of April. The 31-year-old midfielder, who played all three group matches in Brazil four years ago, is Carlos Queiroz's only significant injury worry. Captain Masoud Shojaei has returned to the squad after seven months and has so far overcome opposition from the deputy sports minister and another parliamentarian for playing for Panionios against Maccabi Tel Aviv in a Europa League qualifier. A national team life ban for playing against a representative of a state Iran does not recognise had been proposed but Queiroz ignored the calls. Morocco The African Nations champions qualified without conceding a goal and three-quarters of the defence that earned them their enviable record - Nabil Dirar, Mehdi Benatia and Romain Saiss - are all fit and in impressive form. The versatile Real Madrid prodigy, Achraf Hakimi, however, was withdrawn from the squad for the March friendlies when injured on the first day of training and is likely to miss a few weeks while the midfielder Ait Bennasser, who hurt his thigh while playing for Caen against Angers in March, is not expected to be back on contention until the beginning of May at the earliest. Zouhair Feddal, who plays at left-back for Real Betis, ruptured his Achilles in February and, barring a miracle, will miss the World Cup. England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked Portugal Renato Sanches, who was so sensational at Euro 2016 that Bayern Munich agreed a deal to sign the teenage midfielder that committed them to spending as much as £72m for him, has endured a wretched run of form and fitness ever since. His latest hamstring injury while on loan at Swansea has kept him sidelined since mid January and the Premier League club sent him back to Munich at the end of March for treatment, admitting he might not return. But, to much surprise, he returned to the matchday squad for the visit of Chelsea on April 28 but didn't get on in the 1-0 defeat. Major concerns persist over the durability of the veteran central defenders - Jose Fonte and Bruno Silva, 34 and 36 respectively - who are currently fit but have had lengthy lay-offs in recent months while the 35-year-old Pepe is nursing a broken toe. Spain No significant injury concerns so far for Julen Lopetegui but the form of Alvaro Morata at Chelsea has been a worry and led to him being left out of the squad for the spring friendlies. Diego Costa, in the rudest of health and spirit at Atlético Madrid, should lead the line which may make a romantic recall for Spain's top-scorer, New York City's David Villa, at the age of 36 far more remote than it seemed last autumn. Cesc Fabregas and Bayern Munich's Javi Martínez have been notable omissions from Lopetegui's squads ever since he took over from Vicente del Bosque in 2016 and while neither are resigned to missing out, recalls at this late stage are extremely unlikely. Group C Australia Bert van Marwijk, appointed in January on a seven-month contract, recalled the goalkeeper Brad Jones after four years out of international football in his first squad and the former Liverpool reserve, now with Feyenoord, has a good chance of making it to Russia in place of Adam Federici, the Bournemouth back-up, who has not played for 15 months after suffering back-to-back knee injuries. Matthew Spiranovic, a free agent since his release by Zhejiang Greentown in February, will pay the price for not heeding former manager Ange Postecoglou who repeatedly warned him that playing in the Chinese second division was not adequate preparation for a World Cup place. Melbourne Victory centre-half Rhys Williams, hoping to make his first World Cup after injury ruled him out of South Africa and Brazil, tore his calf on April 29 and looks like making it third time unlucky. Kaiserslautern's Brandon Borrello ruptured his ACL during a training session in the last week of April and has no chance of making it. Denmark Chelsea's Andreas Christensen and Brentford's Henrik Dalsgaard were sent home early from the squads for the spring friendlies, the former because of 'exhaustion' and the latter excused to spend some time with his newborn daughter. Both have been told that they are certainties for Age Hareide's 23.Central defender Andreas Bjelland has been troubled by an achilles injury but has returned to the Brentford squad while Lasse Vibe, who left Griffin Park in February for the Chinese Super League's Changchun Yatai, is running out of time to prove his fitness and sharpness after heel and hamstring injuries blighted the first half of his season. World Cup 2018 stadiums France Laurent Koscielny will miss the tournament after rupturing his achilles tendon in Arsenal's Europa League semi-final, second leg against Atletico Madrid. Benjamin Mendy has been out since September with a cruciate ligament injury but has been training with Manchester City's first-team squad since the beginning of March and should be back before the end of the season. If the left-back makes it he may go straight into the starting XI given Layvin Kurzawa's recent loss of form at PSG. Florian Thauvin, who has gone from zero to hero on his return from Newcastle to Marseille, should overcome a hamstring injury to make it but squad stalwarts Alexandre Lacazette, Moussa Sissoko and Dimitri Payet may all miss out after disappointing domestic seasons. Djibril Sidibe has injured the meniscus in his right knee and will miss the end of Monaco's season but the right-back hopes to be back in time to make Didier Deschamps' XXIII. Peru First-choice goalkeeper Pedro Gallese had knee surgery to correct a meniscus problem last February and though he is behind schedule to return for his Mexican league club Veracruz, remains confident that he will be ready for the friendly against Scotland on May 29. Veteran striker and captain Paolo Guerrero is currently serving a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine and other banned drugs following Peru's draw with Argentina last October. Peru will bring their famous kit to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images His suspension, reduced on appeal, ends on May 3 but his second appeal will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport before then as he continues to maintain he was the victim of contaminated food. Group D Argentina Ramiro Funes Mori's return to Everton's bench on the last day of March after more than a year out with a knee injury is a fillip to Jorge Sampaoli and his creaking defence. Roma winger Diego Perotti should return from a calf strain by the middle of April but Boca Juniors' playmaker Fernando Gago and centre-forward Dario Benedetto have been ruled out by their club who hope to have them back for pre-season training though neither severe knee-injury victim has given up hope of 11th-hour breakthroughs in their recovery regimes. World Cup Russian host cities you've never heard of Croatia Veterans Danijel Subasic, Dejan Lovren, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Nikola Kalinic and Mario Mandzukic all withdrew from last month's two-match tour to the United States to conserve their energies but they are fit and certainties for the squad barring any late setbacks. Ante Rebic, the Eintracht Frankfurt winger, and Fiorentina's defensive midfielder Milan Baldelj have missed games in April with a torn calf and rib injuries respectively but are due back before the end of the month and should take their places in Zlatko Dalic's 23. Iceland The medial ligament injury Gylfi Sigurdsson sustained in his right knee when playing for Everton against Brighton at the beginning of March was expected to end his domestic season while keeping a glimmer of hope alive that he would be fit for Russia. Sam Allardyce said he would personally deliver a 'b---------' to the employee who released a statement saying he was out for eight weeks and countered it by suggesting that the playmaker was a quick healer and may be back before May which gives Heimir Hallgrimsson grounds for optimism. Alfreð Finnbogason, the Augsburg centre-forward, who has been out since the end of January with a calf injury, is expected to make his comeback in mid April. Nigeria Wilfred Ndidi will miss the end of Leicester' season with a hamstring damaged during their walloping by Crystal Palace on April 28. His team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho broke his hand while playing for the Super Eagles during their defeat by Serbia last month but returned to bench duty for Leicester after missing only one Premier League game. Henry Onyekuru, the Everton forward who is spending 2017-18 on loan at Anderlecht, underwent knee ligament surgery in December but insisted he would be in contention to make the squad. On April 2 he returned to first-team training and says he will be ready to play and add to his nine league goals in 19 appearances before the month is out. Group E Brazil Neymar's metatarsal injury on Feb 25 threatened to turn into another bout of national self-flagellation and despondency but the initial prognosis that he would be out for 12 weeks still gives him time to recover and subsequent revisions of his estimated absence that have shaved four weeks off his return date should allow him to find some sharpness, too. Philippe Coutinho's ropey form since moving to Barcelona will not discourage Tite, who will use the Anfield friendly against Croatia at the start of June to reacquaint him with his best days alongside familiar faces in familiar surroundings. Filipe Luis, the Atlético left-back and back-up to Marcelo, fractured his fibula in mid-March but is hopeful of returning should Diego Simeone's team qualify for the Europa League final. Tite has never had much time for David Luiz's qualities and though the centre-back, whose knee injury has kept him out of Chelsea's squad since the middle of February, is striving to put himself in contention, his quest will probably be in vain. Costa Rica Joel Campbell, remarkably still an Arsenal player, injured his ankle while playing on loan for Real Betis at the end of October and has not played since. The forward reported that he was fit at the end of February and has returned to full training so seems likely to make the cut for the squad even if he will be woefully lacking match fitness, not that it did Paolo Rossi much harm in 1982 nor Marco van Basten at Euro 88. New York City left-back Ronald Matarrita has a hamstring injury that has hampered his preparations and Portland Timbers' defensive midfielder David Guzman has missed the past fortnight with a sprained knee sustained on international duty. The state of Neymar's health has become a Brazilian obsession Credit: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Switzerland Vladimir Petkovic expects Udinese's Valon Behrami to recover from his shoulder injury in a couple of weeks and has no other pressing concerns. Eren Derdiyok. Admir Mehmedi and Xherdan Shaqiri all sat out the recent friendlies (a 1-0 victory over Greece and a 6-0 thrashing of Panama) but should make the final squad when it is announced on May 14. Serbia Matija Nastasic damaged knee ligaments on April 12 playing for Schalke and the best prognosis for the centre-half is a six-week recuperation. Mladen Krstajic, a fine defender for Partizan, Werder Bremen, Schalke and the national team but a rookie coach appointed to this, his first job, only last December, has all his core players fit and only Benfica's Ljubomir Fejsa, the defensive midfielder who has won 10 successive league titles across three countries, suffering from recurring but minor, niggling problems. Fejsa has not played for Serbia since 2016 and would be a back-up only to Nemanja Matic and Luka Milivojevic if he makes the squad but would be a contender for tattoo of the tournament for the chest tableau that commemorates his return from serious injury while playing for Partizan and his later triumphs with Olympiakos and Benfica. ...⚽️❗️....done✔️ #f5 #justdone #stillfresh Obrigado Mareeee���� @maretattoo A post shared by Fejsa Ljubomir & Suzana (@fejsa5) on Mar 25, 2018 at 1:42pm PDT Group F Germany Borussia Monchengladbach's Lars Stindl is out with an ankle injury but Manuel Neuer returned to full goalkeeper training on April 5 after six months out having fractured a metatarsal in his left foot for the third time in a year and undergone surgery to insert a plate to protect the bone. The Bayern Munich and Germany captain has manged only three Bundesliga appearances this season yet, although Joachim Löw has benefited from his absence by exploiting it to give Marc-Andre Ter Stegen valuable international experience, the world champions will go to the wire to include Neuer. Jerome Boateng, though, is a serious doubt after injuring his knee during the first leg of Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. Boateng was injured during Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid Credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images Marco Reus, who missed the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 with ankle and groin injuries, made his comeback from cruciate ligament surgery in February after eight months out and Borussia Dortmund have nursed his return, allowing him time off to recover from soreness, over the past few weeks. "With Marco," said Löw, "it's important to us that he is brought to the top level carefully and without further pressure and that he gains in stability." Mario Götze, the scorer of the winning goal at Maracana, was left out of the squad for the spring friendlies after a dip in form while his Dortmund team-mate and World Cup final goal-provider Andre Schürrle, finally free of knee and achilles injuries, has impressed Löw sufficiently to reassure him that he still has a chance but has yet to earn a call-up. Mexico Giovani Dos Santos should be back for LA Galaxy by the end of April after his hamstring injury in early March and will resume his place in Mexico's midfield alongside Porto captain Hector Herrera who travelled with the national team for the spring double header against Iceland and Croatia but was sent back to his club for treatment because of an unspecified muscle injury. Starting central defender Carlos Salcedeo broke his collarbone during the defeat by Croatia and had surgery to have it pinned but is expected to return for Eintracht Frankfurt just before the end of the season. Another key defender, Nestor Araujo who plays for Santos Laguna, was also injured in the same match and has had keyhole surgery to repair meniscus damage. He, too, is expected to make a first-team comeback before the squad deadline of May 14. South Korea Shin Tae-yong's greatest concern last month as he prepares for his first tournament since moving up from U-20 manager to secure qualification centred not on fitness but the fatigue of Son Heung-min after a long season and a gruelling buil-up to it. "For most Europe-based players, they are used to getting in shape in August before the new season starts. I'm really worried that Son's form might go down from May, with his concentration waning and him becoming physically exhausted," he said. Former Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-gook, a member of the France 98 squad at the age of 18, harbours hopes of a place after a recall last September for the final qualifier against Uzbekistan but he has not been picked since. The sitter he missed against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup haunted him for years but most supporters seem to have forgiven him and would welcome the selection of the K-League's highest scorer. Sweden It would be unfair for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who played no part in qualification having retired after Euro 2016, to overshadow the preparations of the squad in making it to Russia but his possible return, despite his controversial link-up with a betting firm that would seem to preclude him being recalled under Fifa regulations, is dominating their build-up. "Just as with the national team, if I want to play, I’ll play," he said. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not ruled out a comeback Credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong “This is not a question for Fifa, it’s a question for me and what I want.” Janne Andersson has no injury worries with a month to go but the inexperience of all his goalkeepers must be a cause of some disquiet. Robin Olsen performed heroically against Italy in the second leg of the play-off but he has only 16 caps and the manager has tried several alternatives in pursuit of an undisputed No1. Group G Belgium Michy Batshuayi, having scored nine goals in 14 games during a terrific loan spell at Dortmund, left the field on a stretcher on April 15 after sustaining an ankle injury during the derby defeat by Schalke that has ended his season but not his World Cup chances even if they are now very slim indeed. Vincent Kompany's return to form and fitness has removed Roberto Martínez's most long-standing doubt though Christian Benteke's travails in front of goal for Crystal Palace had put his chances of a squad place as a back-up to Romelu Lukaku at serious risk until Batshuayi's injury. Nacer Chadli has missed West Brom's doomed 'fight' against relegation since December with hip and thigh injuries but Albion report that he is ready to return on April 21 after an impressive showing in training. Thibaut Courtois has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the spring friendlies and Chelsea's defeat by Spurs for whom Toby Alderweireld remains on the peripheries, which must be a worry for Martínez. England Liverpool pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez miss the tournament through injury but team-mate Nathaniel Clyne is making gradual returns to first-team football and may be a late contender for a squad place. Phil Jones has suffered recurrent hamstring injuries this season and, although he is now fit while Jack Wilshere, who withdrew from the spring squads, remains an outsider as does Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has returned to Palace's side after three months out with an ankle injury and knee pain. Adam Lallana has endured a desperate run with injuries Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Nathaniel Chalobah joined the England squad in March to continue his rehabilitation from a fractured knee-cap but is unlikely to play for Watford before the season's end while Daniel Sturridge was out for two months with a hamstring injury that has turned his loan move to West Bromwich into an exorbitant farce. Adam Lallana has gone to South Africa for rehab therapy on his injured hamstring and Gareth Southgate is understood to be willing to give him until May 13 to prove he can make it but that has to be a serious doubt after a couple of injury-wrecked seasons. Panama The World Cup finals debutants have no injuries to report and Hernán Darío Gómez has a full-strength squad of relatively unknown but remarkably experienced players - the 24 men picked for the spring friendlies averaged 59 caps each - ready for Russia. Tunisia Tunisia have suffered the worst blow of all 32 teams to date, losing their playmaker Youssef Msakni, who suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury on April 7 that will keep him out for at least six months. The attacking midfielder, who has 49 caps, tore an anterior ligament playing for his Qatar Stars League club, Al-Duhail, against Al-Sailiya. Nabil Maloul, Tunisia's manager, was asked in March what Msakni's absence would mean when the player could not feature in the spring friendlies because of a minor meniscus problem that required 10 days' rest, he said it would be like Argentina going to Russia without Lionel Messi. Group H Colombia Juan Cuadrado gave Jose Pekerman a scare by injuring his groin back in January and the initial prognosis, that he would be out for at least three months after surgery, possibly six, was discouraging. But the winger made his return for Juventus ahead of schedule last month while Sampdoria's Duvan Zapata, who missed their match with Cagliari on April 28, should also make it back before the end of the season. Japan Turmoil at management level - Akira Nishino replaced Vahid Halilhodzic at the beginning of April - contrasts with relative serenity over options for selection. Second-choice keeper, Masaaki Higashiguchi, fractured his cheekbone on April 21 but is likely to make the World Cup 23 even if he has to play in a face mask for precautionary reasons. Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai was ruled out for three weeks in April with a medial collateral ligament strain in his left knee and misses both legs of their Europa League semifinal against Red Bull Salzburg but is confident of recovering in time to participate in Russia. World Cup 2018 venues Poland Veteran midfielder, the live blogger's friend Jakub Blaszczykowski, made his first start for Hamburg since February on April 28 and should be fit to make a squad that has no major current concerns about its key components. Artur Boruc, who had 60 caps, announced his international retirement last year bur had long since taken the role of third banana behind Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny. Senegal Monaco's fiery forward Keita Balde has been out since April 7 with a hamstring injury but should be back for the St Etienne game on May 12.The principal worry for Aliou Cisse concered his centre-back and vice-captain Kara Mbodji, who has not played since before Christmas following knee surgery for an injury he picked up playing for Anderlecht. After thrice-daily rehab sessions, Kara says he hopes to be involved for their final league game against Club Brugge on May 6.
Each of the 31 qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup plus the hosts will name their provisional 35 man squads for the tournament by the deadline on May 14, exactly a month before the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. They will then have until June 4 to cull the numbers down to 23. Those who do not make the cut are likely to be placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about who is available and who is struggling to make it. Group A Egypt No significant injury worries for Héctor Cúper, not even over the 45-year-old goalkeeper and captain Essam El-Hadary who is firmly on course to become the oldest player in finals history. There are wider concerns over the form of West Brom's shell-shocked Ahmed Hegazi but it is countered by Mohamed Salah's during his outstanding debut season at Liverpool. Russia Stanislav Cherchisov has been tasked with taking the hosts to the last four at least, which will be difficult given their results in a very taxing build-up programme - defeated by Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and France. Aleksandr Kokorin, the 27-year-old Zenit winger who scored Russia's goal in the draw with Algeria during the 2014 tournament, is all but certain to miss the World Cup having damaged his ACL in mid March. Igor Denisov, the Lokomotiv defensive midfielder and Russia captain under Fabio Capello, fell out with Cherchisov years ago at Dynamo Moscow and the manager has refused to pick him while arguments between Cherchisov and the 6ft 5in striker Artem Dzyuba threaten his involvement. CSKA twins Aleksei and Vasily Berezutski retired after Euro 2016 and have refused the manager's entreaties to return to the squad at the age of 35 following the serious knee injuries suffered by Viktor Vasin and Georgi Dzhikiya. Saudi Arabia The only team at the tournament ranked lower than the hosts, it's a fortuitous coincidence for Russia that they were drawn out to play the curtain-raiser. A resounding defeat by Belgium in March was forgivable but their 4-1 loss inIraq the month before has provoked understandable disquiet. Decisions to send the midfielders Yahya Al-Shehri, Salem Al-Dawsari and Fahad Al-Muwallad on loan to Leganes, Villarreal and Levante respectively in January has backfired. None of the national team stalwarts had played a minute of Liga football by the end of March 2018. Uruguay Oscar Tabárez's team looks as powerful as ever, built around the relentless, uncompromising defensive work of Diego Godín, the attacking prowess of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez supplied by Gastón Ramírez and now with the young, athletic Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur to add drive to the usual steel. Veteran defender Martín Cáceres has a calf injury that had restricted him to only one appearance by the end of March following his transfer from Verona after that dreadful year at Southampton and remains the major doubt. World Cup predictor Group B Iran Ashkan Dejagah, a Bundesliga title-winner with Wolfsburg and fondly remembered by Fulham fans who elected him player of the year in 2013-14, returned to England with Nottingham Forest as a free agent in January but suffered a knee injury the following month that will keep him out until the end of April. The 31-year-old midfielder, who played all three group matches in Brazil four years ago, is Carlos Queiroz's only significant injury worry. Captain Masoud Shojaei has returned to the squad after seven months and has so far overcome opposition from the deputy sports minister and another parliamentarian for playing for Panionios against Maccabi Tel Aviv in a Europa League qualifier. A national team life ban for playing against a representative of a state Iran does not recognise had been proposed but Queiroz ignored the calls. Morocco The African Nations champions qualified without conceding a goal and three-quarters of the defence that earned them their enviable record - Nabil Dirar, Mehdi Benatia and Romain Saiss - are all fit and in impressive form. The versatile Real Madrid prodigy, Achraf Hakimi, however, was withdrawn from the squad for the March friendlies when injured on the first day of training and is likely to miss a few weeks while the midfielder Ait Bennasser, who hurt his thigh while playing for Caen against Angers in March, is not expected to be back on contention until the beginning of May at the earliest. Zouhair Feddal, who plays at left-back for Real Betis, ruptured his Achilles in February and, barring a miracle, will miss the World Cup. England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked Portugal Renato Sanches, who was so sensational at Euro 2016 that Bayern Munich agreed a deal to sign the teenage midfielder that committed them to spending as much as £72m for him, has endured a wretched run of form and fitness ever since. His latest hamstring injury while on loan at Swansea has kept him sidelined since mid January and the Premier League club sent him back to Munich at the end of March for treatment, admitting he might not return. But, to much surprise, he returned to the matchday squad for the visit of Chelsea on April 28 but didn't get on in the 1-0 defeat. Major concerns persist over the durability of the veteran central defenders - Jose Fonte and Bruno Silva, 34 and 36 respectively - who are currently fit but have had lengthy lay-offs in recent months while the 35-year-old Pepe is nursing a broken toe. Spain No significant injury concerns so far for Julen Lopetegui but the form of Alvaro Morata at Chelsea has been a worry and led to him being left out of the squad for the spring friendlies. Diego Costa, in the rudest of health and spirit at Atlético Madrid, should lead the line which may make a romantic recall for Spain's top-scorer, New York City's David Villa, at the age of 36 far more remote than it seemed last autumn. Cesc Fabregas and Bayern Munich's Javi Martínez have been notable omissions from Lopetegui's squads ever since he took over from Vicente del Bosque in 2016 and while neither are resigned to missing out, recalls at this late stage are extremely unlikely. Group C Australia Bert van Marwijk, appointed in January on a seven-month contract, recalled the goalkeeper Brad Jones after four years out of international football in his first squad and the former Liverpool reserve, now with Feyenoord, has a good chance of making it to Russia in place of Adam Federici, the Bournemouth back-up, who has not played for 15 months after suffering back-to-back knee injuries. Matthew Spiranovic, a free agent since his release by Zhejiang Greentown in February, will pay the price for not heeding former manager Ange Postecoglou who repeatedly warned him that playing in the Chinese second division was not adequate preparation for a World Cup place. Melbourne Victory centre-half Rhys Williams, hoping to make his first World Cup after injury ruled him out of South Africa and Brazil, tore his calf on April 29 and looks like making it third time unlucky. Kaiserslautern's Brandon Borrello ruptured his ACL during a training session in the last week of April and has no chance of making it. Denmark Chelsea's Andreas Christensen and Brentford's Henrik Dalsgaard were sent home early from the squads for the spring friendlies, the former because of 'exhaustion' and the latter excused to spend some time with his newborn daughter. Both have been told that they are certainties for Age Hareide's 23.Central defender Andreas Bjelland has been troubled by an achilles injury but has returned to the Brentford squad while Lasse Vibe, who left Griffin Park in February for the Chinese Super League's Changchun Yatai, is running out of time to prove his fitness and sharpness after heel and hamstring injuries blighted the first half of his season. World Cup 2018 stadiums France Laurent Koscielny will miss the tournament after rupturing his achilles tendon in Arsenal's Europa League semi-final, second leg against Atletico Madrid. Benjamin Mendy has been out since September with a cruciate ligament injury but has been training with Manchester City's first-team squad since the beginning of March and should be back before the end of the season. If the left-back makes it he may go straight into the starting XI given Layvin Kurzawa's recent loss of form at PSG. Florian Thauvin, who has gone from zero to hero on his return from Newcastle to Marseille, should overcome a hamstring injury to make it but squad stalwarts Alexandre Lacazette, Moussa Sissoko and Dimitri Payet may all miss out after disappointing domestic seasons. Djibril Sidibe has injured the meniscus in his right knee and will miss the end of Monaco's season but the right-back hopes to be back in time to make Didier Deschamps' XXIII. Peru First-choice goalkeeper Pedro Gallese had knee surgery to correct a meniscus problem last February and though he is behind schedule to return for his Mexican league club Veracruz, remains confident that he will be ready for the friendly against Scotland on May 29. Veteran striker and captain Paolo Guerrero is currently serving a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine and other banned drugs following Peru's draw with Argentina last October. Peru will bring their famous kit to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images His suspension, reduced on appeal, ends on May 3 but his second appeal will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport before then as he continues to maintain he was the victim of contaminated food. Group D Argentina Ramiro Funes Mori's return to Everton's bench on the last day of March after more than a year out with a knee injury is a fillip to Jorge Sampaoli and his creaking defence. Roma winger Diego Perotti should return from a calf strain by the middle of April but Boca Juniors' playmaker Fernando Gago and centre-forward Dario Benedetto have been ruled out by their club who hope to have them back for pre-season training though neither severe knee-injury victim has given up hope of 11th-hour breakthroughs in their recovery regimes. World Cup Russian host cities you've never heard of Croatia Veterans Danijel Subasic, Dejan Lovren, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Nikola Kalinic and Mario Mandzukic all withdrew from last month's two-match tour to the United States to conserve their energies but they are fit and certainties for the squad barring any late setbacks. Ante Rebic, the Eintracht Frankfurt winger, and Fiorentina's defensive midfielder Milan Baldelj have missed games in April with a torn calf and rib injuries respectively but are due back before the end of the month and should take their places in Zlatko Dalic's 23. Iceland The medial ligament injury Gylfi Sigurdsson sustained in his right knee when playing for Everton against Brighton at the beginning of March was expected to end his domestic season while keeping a glimmer of hope alive that he would be fit for Russia. Sam Allardyce said he would personally deliver a 'b---------' to the employee who released a statement saying he was out for eight weeks and countered it by suggesting that the playmaker was a quick healer and may be back before May which gives Heimir Hallgrimsson grounds for optimism. Alfreð Finnbogason, the Augsburg centre-forward, who has been out since the end of January with a calf injury, is expected to make his comeback in mid April. Nigeria Wilfred Ndidi will miss the end of Leicester' season with a hamstring damaged during their walloping by Crystal Palace on April 28. His team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho broke his hand while playing for the Super Eagles during their defeat by Serbia last month but returned to bench duty for Leicester after missing only one Premier League game. Henry Onyekuru, the Everton forward who is spending 2017-18 on loan at Anderlecht, underwent knee ligament surgery in December but insisted he would be in contention to make the squad. On April 2 he returned to first-team training and says he will be ready to play and add to his nine league goals in 19 appearances before the month is out. Group E Brazil Neymar's metatarsal injury on Feb 25 threatened to turn into another bout of national self-flagellation and despondency but the initial prognosis that he would be out for 12 weeks still gives him time to recover and subsequent revisions of his estimated absence that have shaved four weeks off his return date should allow him to find some sharpness, too. Philippe Coutinho's ropey form since moving to Barcelona will not discourage Tite, who will use the Anfield friendly against Croatia at the start of June to reacquaint him with his best days alongside familiar faces in familiar surroundings. Filipe Luis, the Atlético left-back and back-up to Marcelo, fractured his fibula in mid-March but is hopeful of returning should Diego Simeone's team qualify for the Europa League final. Tite has never had much time for David Luiz's qualities and though the centre-back, whose knee injury has kept him out of Chelsea's squad since the middle of February, is striving to put himself in contention, his quest will probably be in vain. Costa Rica Joel Campbell, remarkably still an Arsenal player, injured his ankle while playing on loan for Real Betis at the end of October and has not played since. The forward reported that he was fit at the end of February and has returned to full training so seems likely to make the cut for the squad even if he will be woefully lacking match fitness, not that it did Paolo Rossi much harm in 1982 nor Marco van Basten at Euro 88. New York City left-back Ronald Matarrita has a hamstring injury that has hampered his preparations and Portland Timbers' defensive midfielder David Guzman has missed the past fortnight with a sprained knee sustained on international duty. The state of Neymar's health has become a Brazilian obsession Credit: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Switzerland Vladimir Petkovic expects Udinese's Valon Behrami to recover from his shoulder injury in a couple of weeks and has no other pressing concerns. Eren Derdiyok. Admir Mehmedi and Xherdan Shaqiri all sat out the recent friendlies (a 1-0 victory over Greece and a 6-0 thrashing of Panama) but should make the final squad when it is announced on May 14. Serbia Matija Nastasic damaged knee ligaments on April 12 playing for Schalke and the best prognosis for the centre-half is a six-week recuperation. Mladen Krstajic, a fine defender for Partizan, Werder Bremen, Schalke and the national team but a rookie coach appointed to this, his first job, only last December, has all his core players fit and only Benfica's Ljubomir Fejsa, the defensive midfielder who has won 10 successive league titles across three countries, suffering from recurring but minor, niggling problems. Fejsa has not played for Serbia since 2016 and would be a back-up only to Nemanja Matic and Luka Milivojevic if he makes the squad but would be a contender for tattoo of the tournament for the chest tableau that commemorates his return from serious injury while playing for Partizan and his later triumphs with Olympiakos and Benfica. ...⚽️❗️....done✔️ #f5 #justdone #stillfresh Obrigado Mareeee���� @maretattoo A post shared by Fejsa Ljubomir & Suzana (@fejsa5) on Mar 25, 2018 at 1:42pm PDT Group F Germany Borussia Monchengladbach's Lars Stindl is out with an ankle injury but Manuel Neuer returned to full goalkeeper training on April 5 after six months out having fractured a metatarsal in his left foot for the third time in a year and undergone surgery to insert a plate to protect the bone. The Bayern Munich and Germany captain has manged only three Bundesliga appearances this season yet, although Joachim Löw has benefited from his absence by exploiting it to give Marc-Andre Ter Stegen valuable international experience, the world champions will go to the wire to include Neuer. Jerome Boateng, though, is a serious doubt after injuring his knee during the first leg of Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. Boateng was injured during Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid Credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images Marco Reus, who missed the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 with ankle and groin injuries, made his comeback from cruciate ligament surgery in February after eight months out and Borussia Dortmund have nursed his return, allowing him time off to recover from soreness, over the past few weeks. "With Marco," said Löw, "it's important to us that he is brought to the top level carefully and without further pressure and that he gains in stability." Mario Götze, the scorer of the winning goal at Maracana, was left out of the squad for the spring friendlies after a dip in form while his Dortmund team-mate and World Cup final goal-provider Andre Schürrle, finally free of knee and achilles injuries, has impressed Löw sufficiently to reassure him that he still has a chance but has yet to earn a call-up. Mexico Giovani Dos Santos should be back for LA Galaxy by the end of April after his hamstring injury in early March and will resume his place in Mexico's midfield alongside Porto captain Hector Herrera who travelled with the national team for the spring double header against Iceland and Croatia but was sent back to his club for treatment because of an unspecified muscle injury. Starting central defender Carlos Salcedeo broke his collarbone during the defeat by Croatia and had surgery to have it pinned but is expected to return for Eintracht Frankfurt just before the end of the season. Another key defender, Nestor Araujo who plays for Santos Laguna, was also injured in the same match and has had keyhole surgery to repair meniscus damage. He, too, is expected to make a first-team comeback before the squad deadline of May 14. South Korea Shin Tae-yong's greatest concern last month as he prepares for his first tournament since moving up from U-20 manager to secure qualification centred not on fitness but the fatigue of Son Heung-min after a long season and a gruelling buil-up to it. "For most Europe-based players, they are used to getting in shape in August before the new season starts. I'm really worried that Son's form might go down from May, with his concentration waning and him becoming physically exhausted," he said. Former Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-gook, a member of the France 98 squad at the age of 18, harbours hopes of a place after a recall last September for the final qualifier against Uzbekistan but he has not been picked since. The sitter he missed against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup haunted him for years but most supporters seem to have forgiven him and would welcome the selection of the K-League's highest scorer. Sweden It would be unfair for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who played no part in qualification having retired after Euro 2016, to overshadow the preparations of the squad in making it to Russia but his possible return, despite his controversial link-up with a betting firm that would seem to preclude him being recalled under Fifa regulations, is dominating their build-up. "Just as with the national team, if I want to play, I’ll play," he said. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not ruled out a comeback Credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong “This is not a question for Fifa, it’s a question for me and what I want.” Janne Andersson has no injury worries with a month to go but the inexperience of all his goalkeepers must be a cause of some disquiet. Robin Olsen performed heroically against Italy in the second leg of the play-off but he has only 16 caps and the manager has tried several alternatives in pursuit of an undisputed No1. Group G Belgium Michy Batshuayi, having scored nine goals in 14 games during a terrific loan spell at Dortmund, left the field on a stretcher on April 15 after sustaining an ankle injury during the derby defeat by Schalke that has ended his season but not his World Cup chances even if they are now very slim indeed. Vincent Kompany's return to form and fitness has removed Roberto Martínez's most long-standing doubt though Christian Benteke's travails in front of goal for Crystal Palace had put his chances of a squad place as a back-up to Romelu Lukaku at serious risk until Batshuayi's injury. Nacer Chadli has missed West Brom's doomed 'fight' against relegation since December with hip and thigh injuries but Albion report that he is ready to return on April 21 after an impressive showing in training. Thibaut Courtois has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the spring friendlies and Chelsea's defeat by Spurs for whom Toby Alderweireld remains on the peripheries, which must be a worry for Martínez. England Liverpool pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez miss the tournament through injury but team-mate Nathaniel Clyne is making gradual returns to first-team football and may be a late contender for a squad place. Phil Jones has suffered recurrent hamstring injuries this season and, although he is now fit while Jack Wilshere, who withdrew from the spring squads, remains an outsider as does Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has returned to Palace's side after three months out with an ankle injury and knee pain. Adam Lallana has endured a desperate run with injuries Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Nathaniel Chalobah joined the England squad in March to continue his rehabilitation from a fractured knee-cap but is unlikely to play for Watford before the season's end while Daniel Sturridge was out for two months with a hamstring injury that has turned his loan move to West Bromwich into an exorbitant farce. Adam Lallana has gone to South Africa for rehab therapy on his injured hamstring and Gareth Southgate is understood to be willing to give him until May 13 to prove he can make it but that has to be a serious doubt after a couple of injury-wrecked seasons. Panama The World Cup finals debutants have no injuries to report and Hernán Darío Gómez has a full-strength squad of relatively unknown but remarkably experienced players - the 24 men picked for the spring friendlies averaged 59 caps each - ready for Russia. Tunisia Tunisia have suffered the worst blow of all 32 teams to date, losing their playmaker Youssef Msakni, who suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury on April 7 that will keep him out for at least six months. The attacking midfielder, who has 49 caps, tore an anterior ligament playing for his Qatar Stars League club, Al-Duhail, against Al-Sailiya. Nabil Maloul, Tunisia's manager, was asked in March what Msakni's absence would mean when the player could not feature in the spring friendlies because of a minor meniscus problem that required 10 days' rest, he said it would be like Argentina going to Russia without Lionel Messi. Group H Colombia Juan Cuadrado gave Jose Pekerman a scare by injuring his groin back in January and the initial prognosis, that he would be out for at least three months after surgery, possibly six, was discouraging. But the winger made his return for Juventus ahead of schedule last month while Sampdoria's Duvan Zapata, who missed their match with Cagliari on April 28, should also make it back before the end of the season. Japan Turmoil at management level - Akira Nishino replaced Vahid Halilhodzic at the beginning of April - contrasts with relative serenity over options for selection. Second-choice keeper, Masaaki Higashiguchi, fractured his cheekbone on April 21 but is likely to make the World Cup 23 even if he has to play in a face mask for precautionary reasons. Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai was ruled out for three weeks in April with a medial collateral ligament strain in his left knee and misses both legs of their Europa League semifinal against Red Bull Salzburg but is confident of recovering in time to participate in Russia. World Cup 2018 venues Poland Veteran midfielder, the live blogger's friend Jakub Blaszczykowski, made his first start for Hamburg since February on April 28 and should be fit to make a squad that has no major current concerns about its key components. Artur Boruc, who had 60 caps, announced his international retirement last year bur had long since taken the role of third banana behind Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny. Senegal Monaco's fiery forward Keita Balde has been out since April 7 with a hamstring injury but should be back for the St Etienne game on May 12.The principal worry for Aliou Cisse concered his centre-back and vice-captain Kara Mbodji, who has not played since before Christmas following knee surgery for an injury he picked up playing for Anderlecht. After thrice-daily rehab sessions, Kara says he hopes to be involved for their final league game against Club Brugge on May 6.
World Cup 2018 squad guide: Latest group news and updates
Each of the 31 qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup plus the hosts will name their provisional 35 man squads for the tournament by the deadline on May 14, exactly a month before the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. They will then have until June 4 to cull the numbers down to 23. Those who do not make the cut are likely to be placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about who is available and who is struggling to make it. Group A Egypt No significant injury worries for Héctor Cúper, not even over the 45-year-old goalkeeper and captain Essam El-Hadary who is firmly on course to become the oldest player in finals history. There are wider concerns over the form of West Brom's shell-shocked Ahmed Hegazi but it is countered by Mohamed Salah's during his outstanding debut season at Liverpool. Russia Stanislav Cherchisov has been tasked with taking the hosts to the last four at least, which will be difficult given their results in a very taxing build-up programme - defeated by Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and France. Aleksandr Kokorin, the 27-year-old Zenit winger who scored Russia's goal in the draw with Algeria during the 2014 tournament, is all but certain to miss the World Cup having damaged his ACL in mid March. Igor Denisov, the Lokomotiv defensive midfielder and Russia captain under Fabio Capello, fell out with Cherchisov years ago at Dynamo Moscow and the manager has refused to pick him while arguments between Cherchisov and the 6ft 5in striker Artem Dzyuba threaten his involvement. CSKA twins Aleksei and Vasily Berezutski retired after Euro 2016 and have refused the manager's entreaties to return to the squad at the age of 35 following the serious knee injuries suffered by Viktor Vasin and Georgi Dzhikiya. Saudi Arabia The only team at the tournament ranked lower than the hosts, it's a fortuitous coincidence for Russia that they were drawn out to play the curtain-raiser. A resounding defeat by Belgium in March was forgivable but their 4-1 loss inIraq the month before has provoked understandable disquiet. Decisions to send the midfielders Yahya Al-Shehri, Salem Al-Dawsari and Fahad Al-Muwallad on loan to Leganes, Villarreal and Levante respectively in January has backfired. None of the national team stalwarts had played a minute of Liga football by the end of March 2018. Uruguay Oscar Tabárez's team looks as powerful as ever, built around the relentless, uncompromising defensive work of Diego Godín, the attacking prowess of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez supplied by Gastón Ramírez and now with the young, athletic Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur to add drive to the usual steel. Veteran defender Martín Cáceres has a calf injury that had restricted him to only one appearance by the end of March following his transfer from Verona after that dreadful year at Southampton and remains the major doubt. World Cup predictor Group B Iran Ashkan Dejagah, a Bundesliga title-winner with Wolfsburg and fondly remembered by Fulham fans who elected him player of the year in 2013-14, returned to England with Nottingham Forest as a free agent in January but suffered a knee injury the following month that will keep him out until the end of April. The 31-year-old midfielder, who played all three group matches in Brazil four years ago, is Carlos Queiroz's only significant injury worry. Captain Masoud Shojaei has returned to the squad after seven months and has so far overcome opposition from the deputy sports minister and another parliamentarian for playing for Panionios against Maccabi Tel Aviv in a Europa League qualifier. A national team life ban for playing against a representative of a state Iran does not recognise had been proposed but Queiroz ignored the calls. Morocco The African Nations champions qualified without conceding a goal and three-quarters of the defence that earned them their enviable record - Nabil Dirar, Mehdi Benatia and Romain Saiss - are all fit and in impressive form. The versatile Real Madrid prodigy, Achraf Hakimi, however, was withdrawn from the squad for the March friendlies when injured on the first day of training and is likely to miss a few weeks while the midfielder Ait Bennasser, who hurt his thigh while playing for Caen against Angers in March, is not expected to be back on contention until the beginning of May at the earliest. Zouhair Feddal, who plays at left-back for Real Betis, ruptured his Achilles in February and, barring a miracle, will miss the World Cup. England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked Portugal Renato Sanches, who was so sensational at Euro 2016 that Bayern Munich agreed a deal to sign the teenage midfielder that committed them to spending as much as £72m for him, has endured a wretched run of form and fitness ever since. His latest hamstring injury while on loan at Swansea has kept him sidelined since mid January and the Premier League club sent him back to Munich at the end of March for treatment, admitting he might not return. But, to much surprise, he returned to the matchday squad for the visit of Chelsea on April 28 but didn't get on in the 1-0 defeat. Major concerns persist over the durability of the veteran central defenders - Jose Fonte and Bruno Silva, 34 and 36 respectively - who are currently fit but have had lengthy lay-offs in recent months while the 35-year-old Pepe is nursing a broken toe. Spain No significant injury concerns so far for Julen Lopetegui but the form of Alvaro Morata at Chelsea has been a worry and led to him being left out of the squad for the spring friendlies. Diego Costa, in the rudest of health and spirit at Atlético Madrid, should lead the line which may make a romantic recall for Spain's top-scorer, New York City's David Villa, at the age of 36 far more remote than it seemed last autumn. Cesc Fabregas and Bayern Munich's Javi Martínez have been notable omissions from Lopetegui's squads ever since he took over from Vicente del Bosque in 2016 and while neither are resigned to missing out, recalls at this late stage are extremely unlikely. Group C Australia Bert van Marwijk, appointed in January on a seven-month contract, recalled the goalkeeper Brad Jones after four years out of international football in his first squad and the former Liverpool reserve, now with Feyenoord, has a good chance of making it to Russia in place of Adam Federici, the Bournemouth back-up, who has not played for 15 months after suffering back-to-back knee injuries. Matthew Spiranovic, a free agent since his release by Zhejiang Greentown in February, will pay the price for not heeding former manager Ange Postecoglou who repeatedly warned him that playing in the Chinese second division was not adequate preparation for a World Cup place. Melbourne Victory centre-half Rhys Williams, hoping to make his first World Cup after injury ruled him out of South Africa and Brazil, tore his calf on April 29 and looks like making it third time unlucky. Kaiserslautern's Brandon Borrello ruptured his ACL during a training session in the last week of April and has no chance of making it. Denmark Chelsea's Andreas Christensen and Brentford's Henrik Dalsgaard were sent home early from the squads for the spring friendlies, the former because of 'exhaustion' and the latter excused to spend some time with his newborn daughter. Both have been told that they are certainties for Age Hareide's 23.Central defender Andreas Bjelland has been troubled by an achilles injury but has returned to the Brentford squad while Lasse Vibe, who left Griffin Park in February for the Chinese Super League's Changchun Yatai, is running out of time to prove his fitness and sharpness after heel and hamstring injuries blighted the first half of his season. World Cup 2018 stadiums France Laurent Koscielny will miss the tournament after rupturing his achilles tendon in Arsenal's Europa League semi-final, second leg against Atletico Madrid. Benjamin Mendy has been out since September with a cruciate ligament injury but has been training with Manchester City's first-team squad since the beginning of March and should be back before the end of the season. If the left-back makes it he may go straight into the starting XI given Layvin Kurzawa's recent loss of form at PSG. Florian Thauvin, who has gone from zero to hero on his return from Newcastle to Marseille, should overcome a hamstring injury to make it but squad stalwarts Alexandre Lacazette, Moussa Sissoko and Dimitri Payet may all miss out after disappointing domestic seasons. Djibril Sidibe has injured the meniscus in his right knee and will miss the end of Monaco's season but the right-back hopes to be back in time to make Didier Deschamps' XXIII. Peru First-choice goalkeeper Pedro Gallese had knee surgery to correct a meniscus problem last February and though he is behind schedule to return for his Mexican league club Veracruz, remains confident that he will be ready for the friendly against Scotland on May 29. Veteran striker and captain Paolo Guerrero is currently serving a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine and other banned drugs following Peru's draw with Argentina last October. Peru will bring their famous kit to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images His suspension, reduced on appeal, ends on May 3 but his second appeal will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport before then as he continues to maintain he was the victim of contaminated food. Group D Argentina Ramiro Funes Mori's return to Everton's bench on the last day of March after more than a year out with a knee injury is a fillip to Jorge Sampaoli and his creaking defence. Roma winger Diego Perotti should return from a calf strain by the middle of April but Boca Juniors' playmaker Fernando Gago and centre-forward Dario Benedetto have been ruled out by their club who hope to have them back for pre-season training though neither severe knee-injury victim has given up hope of 11th-hour breakthroughs in their recovery regimes. World Cup Russian host cities you've never heard of Croatia Veterans Danijel Subasic, Dejan Lovren, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Nikola Kalinic and Mario Mandzukic all withdrew from last month's two-match tour to the United States to conserve their energies but they are fit and certainties for the squad barring any late setbacks. Ante Rebic, the Eintracht Frankfurt winger, and Fiorentina's defensive midfielder Milan Baldelj have missed games in April with a torn calf and rib injuries respectively but are due back before the end of the month and should take their places in Zlatko Dalic's 23. Iceland The medial ligament injury Gylfi Sigurdsson sustained in his right knee when playing for Everton against Brighton at the beginning of March was expected to end his domestic season while keeping a glimmer of hope alive that he would be fit for Russia. Sam Allardyce said he would personally deliver a 'b---------' to the employee who released a statement saying he was out for eight weeks and countered it by suggesting that the playmaker was a quick healer and may be back before May which gives Heimir Hallgrimsson grounds for optimism. Alfreð Finnbogason, the Augsburg centre-forward, who has been out since the end of January with a calf injury, is expected to make his comeback in mid April. Nigeria Wilfred Ndidi will miss the end of Leicester' season with a hamstring damaged during their walloping by Crystal Palace on April 28. His team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho broke his hand while playing for the Super Eagles during their defeat by Serbia last month but returned to bench duty for Leicester after missing only one Premier League game. Henry Onyekuru, the Everton forward who is spending 2017-18 on loan at Anderlecht, underwent knee ligament surgery in December but insisted he would be in contention to make the squad. On April 2 he returned to first-team training and says he will be ready to play and add to his nine league goals in 19 appearances before the month is out. Group E Brazil Neymar's metatarsal injury on Feb 25 threatened to turn into another bout of national self-flagellation and despondency but the initial prognosis that he would be out for 12 weeks still gives him time to recover and subsequent revisions of his estimated absence that have shaved four weeks off his return date should allow him to find some sharpness, too. Philippe Coutinho's ropey form since moving to Barcelona will not discourage Tite, who will use the Anfield friendly against Croatia at the start of June to reacquaint him with his best days alongside familiar faces in familiar surroundings. Filipe Luis, the Atlético left-back and back-up to Marcelo, fractured his fibula in mid-March but is hopeful of returning should Diego Simeone's team qualify for the Europa League final. Tite has never had much time for David Luiz's qualities and though the centre-back, whose knee injury has kept him out of Chelsea's squad since the middle of February, is striving to put himself in contention, his quest will probably be in vain. Costa Rica Joel Campbell, remarkably still an Arsenal player, injured his ankle while playing on loan for Real Betis at the end of October and has not played since. The forward reported that he was fit at the end of February and has returned to full training so seems likely to make the cut for the squad even if he will be woefully lacking match fitness, not that it did Paolo Rossi much harm in 1982 nor Marco van Basten at Euro 88. New York City left-back Ronald Matarrita has a hamstring injury that has hampered his preparations and Portland Timbers' defensive midfielder David Guzman has missed the past fortnight with a sprained knee sustained on international duty. The state of Neymar's health has become a Brazilian obsession Credit: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Switzerland Vladimir Petkovic expects Udinese's Valon Behrami to recover from his shoulder injury in a couple of weeks and has no other pressing concerns. Eren Derdiyok. Admir Mehmedi and Xherdan Shaqiri all sat out the recent friendlies (a 1-0 victory over Greece and a 6-0 thrashing of Panama) but should make the final squad when it is announced on May 14. Serbia Matija Nastasic damaged knee ligaments on April 12 playing for Schalke and the best prognosis for the centre-half is a six-week recuperation. Mladen Krstajic, a fine defender for Partizan, Werder Bremen, Schalke and the national team but a rookie coach appointed to this, his first job, only last December, has all his core players fit and only Benfica's Ljubomir Fejsa, the defensive midfielder who has won 10 successive league titles across three countries, suffering from recurring but minor, niggling problems. Fejsa has not played for Serbia since 2016 and would be a back-up only to Nemanja Matic and Luka Milivojevic if he makes the squad but would be a contender for tattoo of the tournament for the chest tableau that commemorates his return from serious injury while playing for Partizan and his later triumphs with Olympiakos and Benfica. ...⚽️❗️....done✔️ #f5 #justdone #stillfresh Obrigado Mareeee���� @maretattoo A post shared by Fejsa Ljubomir & Suzana (@fejsa5) on Mar 25, 2018 at 1:42pm PDT Group F Germany Borussia Monchengladbach's Lars Stindl is out with an ankle injury but Manuel Neuer returned to full goalkeeper training on April 5 after six months out having fractured a metatarsal in his left foot for the third time in a year and undergone surgery to insert a plate to protect the bone. The Bayern Munich and Germany captain has manged only three Bundesliga appearances this season yet, although Joachim Löw has benefited from his absence by exploiting it to give Marc-Andre Ter Stegen valuable international experience, the world champions will go to the wire to include Neuer. Jerome Boateng, though, is a serious doubt after injuring his knee during the first leg of Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. Boateng was injured during Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid Credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images Marco Reus, who missed the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 with ankle and groin injuries, made his comeback from cruciate ligament surgery in February after eight months out and Borussia Dortmund have nursed his return, allowing him time off to recover from soreness, over the past few weeks. "With Marco," said Löw, "it's important to us that he is brought to the top level carefully and without further pressure and that he gains in stability." Mario Götze, the scorer of the winning goal at Maracana, was left out of the squad for the spring friendlies after a dip in form while his Dortmund team-mate and World Cup final goal-provider Andre Schürrle, finally free of knee and achilles injuries, has impressed Löw sufficiently to reassure him that he still has a chance but has yet to earn a call-up. Mexico Giovani Dos Santos should be back for LA Galaxy by the end of April after his hamstring injury in early March and will resume his place in Mexico's midfield alongside Porto captain Hector Herrera who travelled with the national team for the spring double header against Iceland and Croatia but was sent back to his club for treatment because of an unspecified muscle injury. Starting central defender Carlos Salcedeo broke his collarbone during the defeat by Croatia and had surgery to have it pinned but is expected to return for Eintracht Frankfurt just before the end of the season. Another key defender, Nestor Araujo who plays for Santos Laguna, was also injured in the same match and has had keyhole surgery to repair meniscus damage. He, too, is expected to make a first-team comeback before the squad deadline of May 14. South Korea Shin Tae-yong's greatest concern last month as he prepares for his first tournament since moving up from U-20 manager to secure qualification centred not on fitness but the fatigue of Son Heung-min after a long season and a gruelling buil-up to it. "For most Europe-based players, they are used to getting in shape in August before the new season starts. I'm really worried that Son's form might go down from May, with his concentration waning and him becoming physically exhausted," he said. Former Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-gook, a member of the France 98 squad at the age of 18, harbours hopes of a place after a recall last September for the final qualifier against Uzbekistan but he has not been picked since. The sitter he missed against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup haunted him for years but most supporters seem to have forgiven him and would welcome the selection of the K-League's highest scorer. Sweden It would be unfair for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who played no part in qualification having retired after Euro 2016, to overshadow the preparations of the squad in making it to Russia but his possible return, despite his controversial link-up with a betting firm that would seem to preclude him being recalled under Fifa regulations, is dominating their build-up. "Just as with the national team, if I want to play, I’ll play," he said. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not ruled out a comeback Credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong “This is not a question for Fifa, it’s a question for me and what I want.” Janne Andersson has no injury worries with a month to go but the inexperience of all his goalkeepers must be a cause of some disquiet. Robin Olsen performed heroically against Italy in the second leg of the play-off but he has only 16 caps and the manager has tried several alternatives in pursuit of an undisputed No1. Group G Belgium Michy Batshuayi, having scored nine goals in 14 games during a terrific loan spell at Dortmund, left the field on a stretcher on April 15 after sustaining an ankle injury during the derby defeat by Schalke that has ended his season but not his World Cup chances even if they are now very slim indeed. Vincent Kompany's return to form and fitness has removed Roberto Martínez's most long-standing doubt though Christian Benteke's travails in front of goal for Crystal Palace had put his chances of a squad place as a back-up to Romelu Lukaku at serious risk until Batshuayi's injury. Nacer Chadli has missed West Brom's doomed 'fight' against relegation since December with hip and thigh injuries but Albion report that he is ready to return on April 21 after an impressive showing in training. Thibaut Courtois has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the spring friendlies and Chelsea's defeat by Spurs for whom Toby Alderweireld remains on the peripheries, which must be a worry for Martínez. England Liverpool pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez miss the tournament through injury but team-mate Nathaniel Clyne is making gradual returns to first-team football and may be a late contender for a squad place. Phil Jones has suffered recurrent hamstring injuries this season and, although he is now fit while Jack Wilshere, who withdrew from the spring squads, remains an outsider as does Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has returned to Palace's side after three months out with an ankle injury and knee pain. Adam Lallana has endured a desperate run with injuries Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Nathaniel Chalobah joined the England squad in March to continue his rehabilitation from a fractured knee-cap but is unlikely to play for Watford before the season's end while Daniel Sturridge was out for two months with a hamstring injury that has turned his loan move to West Bromwich into an exorbitant farce. Adam Lallana has gone to South Africa for rehab therapy on his injured hamstring and Gareth Southgate is understood to be willing to give him until May 13 to prove he can make it but that has to be a serious doubt after a couple of injury-wrecked seasons. Panama The World Cup finals debutants have no injuries to report and Hernán Darío Gómez has a full-strength squad of relatively unknown but remarkably experienced players - the 24 men picked for the spring friendlies averaged 59 caps each - ready for Russia. Tunisia Tunisia have suffered the worst blow of all 32 teams to date, losing their playmaker Youssef Msakni, who suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury on April 7 that will keep him out for at least six months. The attacking midfielder, who has 49 caps, tore an anterior ligament playing for his Qatar Stars League club, Al-Duhail, against Al-Sailiya. Nabil Maloul, Tunisia's manager, was asked in March what Msakni's absence would mean when the player could not feature in the spring friendlies because of a minor meniscus problem that required 10 days' rest, he said it would be like Argentina going to Russia without Lionel Messi. Group H Colombia Juan Cuadrado gave Jose Pekerman a scare by injuring his groin back in January and the initial prognosis, that he would be out for at least three months after surgery, possibly six, was discouraging. But the winger made his return for Juventus ahead of schedule last month while Sampdoria's Duvan Zapata, who missed their match with Cagliari on April 28, should also make it back before the end of the season. Japan Turmoil at management level - Akira Nishino replaced Vahid Halilhodzic at the beginning of April - contrasts with relative serenity over options for selection. Second-choice keeper, Masaaki Higashiguchi, fractured his cheekbone on April 21 but is likely to make the World Cup 23 even if he has to play in a face mask for precautionary reasons. Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai was ruled out for three weeks in April with a medial collateral ligament strain in his left knee and misses both legs of their Europa League semifinal against Red Bull Salzburg but is confident of recovering in time to participate in Russia. World Cup 2018 venues Poland Veteran midfielder, the live blogger's friend Jakub Blaszczykowski, made his first start for Hamburg since February on April 28 and should be fit to make a squad that has no major current concerns about its key components. Artur Boruc, who had 60 caps, announced his international retirement last year bur had long since taken the role of third banana behind Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny. Senegal Monaco's fiery forward Keita Balde has been out since April 7 with a hamstring injury but should be back for the St Etienne game on May 12.The principal worry for Aliou Cisse concered his centre-back and vice-captain Kara Mbodji, who has not played since before Christmas following knee surgery for an injury he picked up playing for Anderlecht. After thrice-daily rehab sessions, Kara says he hopes to be involved for their final league game against Club Brugge on May 6.
Each of the 31 qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup plus the hosts will name their provisional 35 man squads for the tournament by the deadline on May 14, exactly a month before the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. They will then have until June 4 to cull the numbers down to 23. Those who do not make the cut are likely to be placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about who is available and who is struggling to make it. Group A Egypt No significant injury worries for Héctor Cúper, not even over the 45-year-old goalkeeper and captain Essam El-Hadary who is firmly on course to become the oldest player in finals history. There are wider concerns over the form of West Brom's shell-shocked Ahmed Hegazi but it is countered by Mohamed Salah's during his outstanding debut season at Liverpool. Russia Stanislav Cherchisov has been tasked with taking the hosts to the last four at least, which will be difficult given their results in a very taxing build-up programme - defeated by Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and France. Aleksandr Kokorin, the 27-year-old Zenit winger who scored Russia's goal in the draw with Algeria during the 2014 tournament, is all but certain to miss the World Cup having damaged his ACL in mid March. Igor Denisov, the Lokomotiv defensive midfielder and Russia captain under Fabio Capello, fell out with Cherchisov years ago at Dynamo Moscow and the manager has refused to pick him while arguments between Cherchisov and the 6ft 5in striker Artem Dzyuba threaten his involvement. CSKA twins Aleksei and Vasily Berezutski retired after Euro 2016 and have refused the manager's entreaties to return to the squad at the age of 35 following the serious knee injuries suffered by Viktor Vasin and Georgi Dzhikiya. Saudi Arabia The only team at the tournament ranked lower than the hosts, it's a fortuitous coincidence for Russia that they were drawn out to play the curtain-raiser. A resounding defeat by Belgium in March was forgivable but their 4-1 loss inIraq the month before has provoked understandable disquiet. Decisions to send the midfielders Yahya Al-Shehri, Salem Al-Dawsari and Fahad Al-Muwallad on loan to Leganes, Villarreal and Levante respectively in January has backfired. None of the national team stalwarts had played a minute of Liga football by the end of March 2018. Uruguay Oscar Tabárez's team looks as powerful as ever, built around the relentless, uncompromising defensive work of Diego Godín, the attacking prowess of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez supplied by Gastón Ramírez and now with the young, athletic Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur to add drive to the usual steel. Veteran defender Martín Cáceres has a calf injury that had restricted him to only one appearance by the end of March following his transfer from Verona after that dreadful year at Southampton and remains the major doubt. World Cup predictor Group B Iran Ashkan Dejagah, a Bundesliga title-winner with Wolfsburg and fondly remembered by Fulham fans who elected him player of the year in 2013-14, returned to England with Nottingham Forest as a free agent in January but suffered a knee injury the following month that will keep him out until the end of April. The 31-year-old midfielder, who played all three group matches in Brazil four years ago, is Carlos Queiroz's only significant injury worry. Captain Masoud Shojaei has returned to the squad after seven months and has so far overcome opposition from the deputy sports minister and another parliamentarian for playing for Panionios against Maccabi Tel Aviv in a Europa League qualifier. A national team life ban for playing against a representative of a state Iran does not recognise had been proposed but Queiroz ignored the calls. Morocco The African Nations champions qualified without conceding a goal and three-quarters of the defence that earned them their enviable record - Nabil Dirar, Mehdi Benatia and Romain Saiss - are all fit and in impressive form. The versatile Real Madrid prodigy, Achraf Hakimi, however, was withdrawn from the squad for the March friendlies when injured on the first day of training and is likely to miss a few weeks while the midfielder Ait Bennasser, who hurt his thigh while playing for Caen against Angers in March, is not expected to be back on contention until the beginning of May at the earliest. Zouhair Feddal, who plays at left-back for Real Betis, ruptured his Achilles in February and, barring a miracle, will miss the World Cup. England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked Portugal Renato Sanches, who was so sensational at Euro 2016 that Bayern Munich agreed a deal to sign the teenage midfielder that committed them to spending as much as £72m for him, has endured a wretched run of form and fitness ever since. His latest hamstring injury while on loan at Swansea has kept him sidelined since mid January and the Premier League club sent him back to Munich at the end of March for treatment, admitting he might not return. But, to much surprise, he returned to the matchday squad for the visit of Chelsea on April 28 but didn't get on in the 1-0 defeat. Major concerns persist over the durability of the veteran central defenders - Jose Fonte and Bruno Silva, 34 and 36 respectively - who are currently fit but have had lengthy lay-offs in recent months while the 35-year-old Pepe is nursing a broken toe. Spain No significant injury concerns so far for Julen Lopetegui but the form of Alvaro Morata at Chelsea has been a worry and led to him being left out of the squad for the spring friendlies. Diego Costa, in the rudest of health and spirit at Atlético Madrid, should lead the line which may make a romantic recall for Spain's top-scorer, New York City's David Villa, at the age of 36 far more remote than it seemed last autumn. Cesc Fabregas and Bayern Munich's Javi Martínez have been notable omissions from Lopetegui's squads ever since he took over from Vicente del Bosque in 2016 and while neither are resigned to missing out, recalls at this late stage are extremely unlikely. Group C Australia Bert van Marwijk, appointed in January on a seven-month contract, recalled the goalkeeper Brad Jones after four years out of international football in his first squad and the former Liverpool reserve, now with Feyenoord, has a good chance of making it to Russia in place of Adam Federici, the Bournemouth back-up, who has not played for 15 months after suffering back-to-back knee injuries. Matthew Spiranovic, a free agent since his release by Zhejiang Greentown in February, will pay the price for not heeding former manager Ange Postecoglou who repeatedly warned him that playing in the Chinese second division was not adequate preparation for a World Cup place. Melbourne Victory centre-half Rhys Williams, hoping to make his first World Cup after injury ruled him out of South Africa and Brazil, tore his calf on April 29 and looks like making it third time unlucky. Kaiserslautern's Brandon Borrello ruptured his ACL during a training session in the last week of April and has no chance of making it. Denmark Chelsea's Andreas Christensen and Brentford's Henrik Dalsgaard were sent home early from the squads for the spring friendlies, the former because of 'exhaustion' and the latter excused to spend some time with his newborn daughter. Both have been told that they are certainties for Age Hareide's 23.Central defender Andreas Bjelland has been troubled by an achilles injury but has returned to the Brentford squad while Lasse Vibe, who left Griffin Park in February for the Chinese Super League's Changchun Yatai, is running out of time to prove his fitness and sharpness after heel and hamstring injuries blighted the first half of his season. World Cup 2018 stadiums France Laurent Koscielny will miss the tournament after rupturing his achilles tendon in Arsenal's Europa League semi-final, second leg against Atletico Madrid. Benjamin Mendy has been out since September with a cruciate ligament injury but has been training with Manchester City's first-team squad since the beginning of March and should be back before the end of the season. If the left-back makes it he may go straight into the starting XI given Layvin Kurzawa's recent loss of form at PSG. Florian Thauvin, who has gone from zero to hero on his return from Newcastle to Marseille, should overcome a hamstring injury to make it but squad stalwarts Alexandre Lacazette, Moussa Sissoko and Dimitri Payet may all miss out after disappointing domestic seasons. Djibril Sidibe has injured the meniscus in his right knee and will miss the end of Monaco's season but the right-back hopes to be back in time to make Didier Deschamps' XXIII. Peru First-choice goalkeeper Pedro Gallese had knee surgery to correct a meniscus problem last February and though he is behind schedule to return for his Mexican league club Veracruz, remains confident that he will be ready for the friendly against Scotland on May 29. Veteran striker and captain Paolo Guerrero is currently serving a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine and other banned drugs following Peru's draw with Argentina last October. Peru will bring their famous kit to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images His suspension, reduced on appeal, ends on May 3 but his second appeal will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport before then as he continues to maintain he was the victim of contaminated food. Group D Argentina Ramiro Funes Mori's return to Everton's bench on the last day of March after more than a year out with a knee injury is a fillip to Jorge Sampaoli and his creaking defence. Roma winger Diego Perotti should return from a calf strain by the middle of April but Boca Juniors' playmaker Fernando Gago and centre-forward Dario Benedetto have been ruled out by their club who hope to have them back for pre-season training though neither severe knee-injury victim has given up hope of 11th-hour breakthroughs in their recovery regimes. World Cup Russian host cities you've never heard of Croatia Veterans Danijel Subasic, Dejan Lovren, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Nikola Kalinic and Mario Mandzukic all withdrew from last month's two-match tour to the United States to conserve their energies but they are fit and certainties for the squad barring any late setbacks. Ante Rebic, the Eintracht Frankfurt winger, and Fiorentina's defensive midfielder Milan Baldelj have missed games in April with a torn calf and rib injuries respectively but are due back before the end of the month and should take their places in Zlatko Dalic's 23. Iceland The medial ligament injury Gylfi Sigurdsson sustained in his right knee when playing for Everton against Brighton at the beginning of March was expected to end his domestic season while keeping a glimmer of hope alive that he would be fit for Russia. Sam Allardyce said he would personally deliver a 'b---------' to the employee who released a statement saying he was out for eight weeks and countered it by suggesting that the playmaker was a quick healer and may be back before May which gives Heimir Hallgrimsson grounds for optimism. Alfreð Finnbogason, the Augsburg centre-forward, who has been out since the end of January with a calf injury, is expected to make his comeback in mid April. Nigeria Wilfred Ndidi will miss the end of Leicester' season with a hamstring damaged during their walloping by Crystal Palace on April 28. His team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho broke his hand while playing for the Super Eagles during their defeat by Serbia last month but returned to bench duty for Leicester after missing only one Premier League game. Henry Onyekuru, the Everton forward who is spending 2017-18 on loan at Anderlecht, underwent knee ligament surgery in December but insisted he would be in contention to make the squad. On April 2 he returned to first-team training and says he will be ready to play and add to his nine league goals in 19 appearances before the month is out. Group E Brazil Neymar's metatarsal injury on Feb 25 threatened to turn into another bout of national self-flagellation and despondency but the initial prognosis that he would be out for 12 weeks still gives him time to recover and subsequent revisions of his estimated absence that have shaved four weeks off his return date should allow him to find some sharpness, too. Philippe Coutinho's ropey form since moving to Barcelona will not discourage Tite, who will use the Anfield friendly against Croatia at the start of June to reacquaint him with his best days alongside familiar faces in familiar surroundings. Filipe Luis, the Atlético left-back and back-up to Marcelo, fractured his fibula in mid-March but is hopeful of returning should Diego Simeone's team qualify for the Europa League final. Tite has never had much time for David Luiz's qualities and though the centre-back, whose knee injury has kept him out of Chelsea's squad since the middle of February, is striving to put himself in contention, his quest will probably be in vain. Costa Rica Joel Campbell, remarkably still an Arsenal player, injured his ankle while playing on loan for Real Betis at the end of October and has not played since. The forward reported that he was fit at the end of February and has returned to full training so seems likely to make the cut for the squad even if he will be woefully lacking match fitness, not that it did Paolo Rossi much harm in 1982 nor Marco van Basten at Euro 88. New York City left-back Ronald Matarrita has a hamstring injury that has hampered his preparations and Portland Timbers' defensive midfielder David Guzman has missed the past fortnight with a sprained knee sustained on international duty. The state of Neymar's health has become a Brazilian obsession Credit: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Switzerland Vladimir Petkovic expects Udinese's Valon Behrami to recover from his shoulder injury in a couple of weeks and has no other pressing concerns. Eren Derdiyok. Admir Mehmedi and Xherdan Shaqiri all sat out the recent friendlies (a 1-0 victory over Greece and a 6-0 thrashing of Panama) but should make the final squad when it is announced on May 14. Serbia Matija Nastasic damaged knee ligaments on April 12 playing for Schalke and the best prognosis for the centre-half is a six-week recuperation. Mladen Krstajic, a fine defender for Partizan, Werder Bremen, Schalke and the national team but a rookie coach appointed to this, his first job, only last December, has all his core players fit and only Benfica's Ljubomir Fejsa, the defensive midfielder who has won 10 successive league titles across three countries, suffering from recurring but minor, niggling problems. Fejsa has not played for Serbia since 2016 and would be a back-up only to Nemanja Matic and Luka Milivojevic if he makes the squad but would be a contender for tattoo of the tournament for the chest tableau that commemorates his return from serious injury while playing for Partizan and his later triumphs with Olympiakos and Benfica. ...⚽️❗️....done✔️ #f5 #justdone #stillfresh Obrigado Mareeee���� @maretattoo A post shared by Fejsa Ljubomir & Suzana (@fejsa5) on Mar 25, 2018 at 1:42pm PDT Group F Germany Borussia Monchengladbach's Lars Stindl is out with an ankle injury but Manuel Neuer returned to full goalkeeper training on April 5 after six months out having fractured a metatarsal in his left foot for the third time in a year and undergone surgery to insert a plate to protect the bone. The Bayern Munich and Germany captain has manged only three Bundesliga appearances this season yet, although Joachim Löw has benefited from his absence by exploiting it to give Marc-Andre Ter Stegen valuable international experience, the world champions will go to the wire to include Neuer. Jerome Boateng, though, is a serious doubt after injuring his knee during the first leg of Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. Boateng was injured during Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid Credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images Marco Reus, who missed the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 with ankle and groin injuries, made his comeback from cruciate ligament surgery in February after eight months out and Borussia Dortmund have nursed his return, allowing him time off to recover from soreness, over the past few weeks. "With Marco," said Löw, "it's important to us that he is brought to the top level carefully and without further pressure and that he gains in stability." Mario Götze, the scorer of the winning goal at Maracana, was left out of the squad for the spring friendlies after a dip in form while his Dortmund team-mate and World Cup final goal-provider Andre Schürrle, finally free of knee and achilles injuries, has impressed Löw sufficiently to reassure him that he still has a chance but has yet to earn a call-up. Mexico Giovani Dos Santos should be back for LA Galaxy by the end of April after his hamstring injury in early March and will resume his place in Mexico's midfield alongside Porto captain Hector Herrera who travelled with the national team for the spring double header against Iceland and Croatia but was sent back to his club for treatment because of an unspecified muscle injury. Starting central defender Carlos Salcedeo broke his collarbone during the defeat by Croatia and had surgery to have it pinned but is expected to return for Eintracht Frankfurt just before the end of the season. Another key defender, Nestor Araujo who plays for Santos Laguna, was also injured in the same match and has had keyhole surgery to repair meniscus damage. He, too, is expected to make a first-team comeback before the squad deadline of May 14. South Korea Shin Tae-yong's greatest concern last month as he prepares for his first tournament since moving up from U-20 manager to secure qualification centred not on fitness but the fatigue of Son Heung-min after a long season and a gruelling buil-up to it. "For most Europe-based players, they are used to getting in shape in August before the new season starts. I'm really worried that Son's form might go down from May, with his concentration waning and him becoming physically exhausted," he said. Former Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-gook, a member of the France 98 squad at the age of 18, harbours hopes of a place after a recall last September for the final qualifier against Uzbekistan but he has not been picked since. The sitter he missed against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup haunted him for years but most supporters seem to have forgiven him and would welcome the selection of the K-League's highest scorer. Sweden It would be unfair for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who played no part in qualification having retired after Euro 2016, to overshadow the preparations of the squad in making it to Russia but his possible return, despite his controversial link-up with a betting firm that would seem to preclude him being recalled under Fifa regulations, is dominating their build-up. "Just as with the national team, if I want to play, I’ll play," he said. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not ruled out a comeback Credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong “This is not a question for Fifa, it’s a question for me and what I want.” Janne Andersson has no injury worries with a month to go but the inexperience of all his goalkeepers must be a cause of some disquiet. Robin Olsen performed heroically against Italy in the second leg of the play-off but he has only 16 caps and the manager has tried several alternatives in pursuit of an undisputed No1. Group G Belgium Michy Batshuayi, having scored nine goals in 14 games during a terrific loan spell at Dortmund, left the field on a stretcher on April 15 after sustaining an ankle injury during the derby defeat by Schalke that has ended his season but not his World Cup chances even if they are now very slim indeed. Vincent Kompany's return to form and fitness has removed Roberto Martínez's most long-standing doubt though Christian Benteke's travails in front of goal for Crystal Palace had put his chances of a squad place as a back-up to Romelu Lukaku at serious risk until Batshuayi's injury. Nacer Chadli has missed West Brom's doomed 'fight' against relegation since December with hip and thigh injuries but Albion report that he is ready to return on April 21 after an impressive showing in training. Thibaut Courtois has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the spring friendlies and Chelsea's defeat by Spurs for whom Toby Alderweireld remains on the peripheries, which must be a worry for Martínez. England Liverpool pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez miss the tournament through injury but team-mate Nathaniel Clyne is making gradual returns to first-team football and may be a late contender for a squad place. Phil Jones has suffered recurrent hamstring injuries this season and, although he is now fit while Jack Wilshere, who withdrew from the spring squads, remains an outsider as does Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has returned to Palace's side after three months out with an ankle injury and knee pain. Adam Lallana has endured a desperate run with injuries Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Nathaniel Chalobah joined the England squad in March to continue his rehabilitation from a fractured knee-cap but is unlikely to play for Watford before the season's end while Daniel Sturridge was out for two months with a hamstring injury that has turned his loan move to West Bromwich into an exorbitant farce. Adam Lallana has gone to South Africa for rehab therapy on his injured hamstring and Gareth Southgate is understood to be willing to give him until May 13 to prove he can make it but that has to be a serious doubt after a couple of injury-wrecked seasons. Panama The World Cup finals debutants have no injuries to report and Hernán Darío Gómez has a full-strength squad of relatively unknown but remarkably experienced players - the 24 men picked for the spring friendlies averaged 59 caps each - ready for Russia. Tunisia Tunisia have suffered the worst blow of all 32 teams to date, losing their playmaker Youssef Msakni, who suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury on April 7 that will keep him out for at least six months. The attacking midfielder, who has 49 caps, tore an anterior ligament playing for his Qatar Stars League club, Al-Duhail, against Al-Sailiya. Nabil Maloul, Tunisia's manager, was asked in March what Msakni's absence would mean when the player could not feature in the spring friendlies because of a minor meniscus problem that required 10 days' rest, he said it would be like Argentina going to Russia without Lionel Messi. Group H Colombia Juan Cuadrado gave Jose Pekerman a scare by injuring his groin back in January and the initial prognosis, that he would be out for at least three months after surgery, possibly six, was discouraging. But the winger made his return for Juventus ahead of schedule last month while Sampdoria's Duvan Zapata, who missed their match with Cagliari on April 28, should also make it back before the end of the season. Japan Turmoil at management level - Akira Nishino replaced Vahid Halilhodzic at the beginning of April - contrasts with relative serenity over options for selection. Second-choice keeper, Masaaki Higashiguchi, fractured his cheekbone on April 21 but is likely to make the World Cup 23 even if he has to play in a face mask for precautionary reasons. Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai was ruled out for three weeks in April with a medial collateral ligament strain in his left knee and misses both legs of their Europa League semifinal against Red Bull Salzburg but is confident of recovering in time to participate in Russia. World Cup 2018 venues Poland Veteran midfielder, the live blogger's friend Jakub Blaszczykowski, made his first start for Hamburg since February on April 28 and should be fit to make a squad that has no major current concerns about its key components. Artur Boruc, who had 60 caps, announced his international retirement last year bur had long since taken the role of third banana behind Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny. Senegal Monaco's fiery forward Keita Balde has been out since April 7 with a hamstring injury but should be back for the St Etienne game on May 12.The principal worry for Aliou Cisse concered his centre-back and vice-captain Kara Mbodji, who has not played since before Christmas following knee surgery for an injury he picked up playing for Anderlecht. After thrice-daily rehab sessions, Kara says he hopes to be involved for their final league game against Club Brugge on May 6.
World Cup 2018 squad guide: Latest group news and updates
Each of the 31 qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup plus the hosts will name their provisional 35 man squads for the tournament by the deadline on May 14, exactly a month before the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. They will then have until June 4 to cull the numbers down to 23. Those who do not make the cut are likely to be placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about who is available and who is struggling to make it. Group A Egypt No significant injury worries for Héctor Cúper, not even over the 45-year-old goalkeeper and captain Essam El-Hadary who is firmly on course to become the oldest player in finals history. There are wider concerns over the form of West Brom's shell-shocked Ahmed Hegazi but it is countered by Mohamed Salah's during his outstanding debut season at Liverpool. Russia Stanislav Cherchisov has been tasked with taking the hosts to the last four at least, which will be difficult given their results in a very taxing build-up programme - defeated by Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and France. Aleksandr Kokorin, the 27-year-old Zenit winger who scored Russia's goal in the draw with Algeria during the 2014 tournament, is all but certain to miss the World Cup having damaged his ACL in mid March. Igor Denisov, the Lokomotiv defensive midfielder and Russia captain under Fabio Capello, fell out with Cherchisov years ago at Dynamo Moscow and the manager has refused to pick him while arguments between Cherchisov and the 6ft 5in striker Artem Dzyuba threaten his involvement. CSKA twins Aleksei and Vasily Berezutski retired after Euro 2016 and have refused the manager's entreaties to return to the squad at the age of 35 following the serious knee injuries suffered by Viktor Vasin and Georgi Dzhikiya. Saudi Arabia The only team at the tournament ranked lower than the hosts, it's a fortuitous coincidence for Russia that they were drawn out to play the curtain-raiser. A resounding defeat by Belgium in March was forgivable but their 4-1 loss inIraq the month before has provoked understandable disquiet. Decisions to send the midfielders Yahya Al-Shehri, Salem Al-Dawsari and Fahad Al-Muwallad on loan to Leganes, Villarreal and Levante respectively in January has backfired. None of the national team stalwarts had played a minute of Liga football by the end of March 2018. Uruguay Oscar Tabárez's team looks as powerful as ever, built around the relentless, uncompromising defensive work of Diego Godín, the attacking prowess of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez supplied by Gastón Ramírez and now with the young, athletic Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur to add drive to the usual steel. Veteran defender Martín Cáceres has a calf injury that had restricted him to only one appearance by the end of March following his transfer from Verona after that dreadful year at Southampton and remains the major doubt. World Cup predictor Group B Iran Ashkan Dejagah, a Bundesliga title-winner with Wolfsburg and fondly remembered by Fulham fans who elected him player of the year in 2013-14, returned to England with Nottingham Forest as a free agent in January but suffered a knee injury the following month that will keep him out until the end of April. The 31-year-old midfielder, who played all three group matches in Brazil four years ago, is Carlos Queiroz's only significant injury worry. Captain Masoud Shojaei has returned to the squad after seven months and has so far overcome opposition from the deputy sports minister and another parliamentarian for playing for Panionios against Maccabi Tel Aviv in a Europa League qualifier. A national team life ban for playing against a representative of a state Iran does not recognise had been proposed but Queiroz ignored the calls. Morocco The African Nations champions qualified without conceding a goal and three-quarters of the defence that earned them their enviable record - Nabil Dirar, Mehdi Benatia and Romain Saiss - are all fit and in impressive form. The versatile Real Madrid prodigy, Achraf Hakimi, however, was withdrawn from the squad for the March friendlies when injured on the first day of training and is likely to miss a few weeks while the midfielder Ait Bennasser, who hurt his thigh while playing for Caen against Angers in March, is not expected to be back on contention until the beginning of May at the earliest. Zouhair Feddal, who plays at left-back for Real Betis, ruptured his Achilles in February and, barring a miracle, will miss the World Cup. England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked Portugal Renato Sanches, who was so sensational at Euro 2016 that Bayern Munich agreed a deal to sign the teenage midfielder that committed them to spending as much as £72m for him, has endured a wretched run of form and fitness ever since. His latest hamstring injury while on loan at Swansea has kept him sidelined since mid January and the Premier League club sent him back to Munich at the end of March for treatment, admitting he might not return. But, to much surprise, he returned to the matchday squad for the visit of Chelsea on April 28 but didn't get on in the 1-0 defeat. Major concerns persist over the durability of the veteran central defenders - Jose Fonte and Bruno Silva, 34 and 36 respectively - who are currently fit but have had lengthy lay-offs in recent months while the 35-year-old Pepe is nursing a broken toe. Spain No significant injury concerns so far for Julen Lopetegui but the form of Alvaro Morata at Chelsea has been a worry and led to him being left out of the squad for the spring friendlies. Diego Costa, in the rudest of health and spirit at Atlético Madrid, should lead the line which may make a romantic recall for Spain's top-scorer, New York City's David Villa, at the age of 36 far more remote than it seemed last autumn. Cesc Fabregas and Bayern Munich's Javi Martínez have been notable omissions from Lopetegui's squads ever since he took over from Vicente del Bosque in 2016 and while neither are resigned to missing out, recalls at this late stage are extremely unlikely. Group C Australia Bert van Marwijk, appointed in January on a seven-month contract, recalled the goalkeeper Brad Jones after four years out of international football in his first squad and the former Liverpool reserve, now with Feyenoord, has a good chance of making it to Russia in place of Adam Federici, the Bournemouth back-up, who has not played for 15 months after suffering back-to-back knee injuries. Matthew Spiranovic, a free agent since his release by Zhejiang Greentown in February, will pay the price for not heeding former manager Ange Postecoglou who repeatedly warned him that playing in the Chinese second division was not adequate preparation for a World Cup place. Melbourne Victory centre-half Rhys Williams, hoping to make his first World Cup after injury ruled him out of South Africa and Brazil, tore his calf on April 29 and looks like making it third time unlucky. Kaiserslautern's Brandon Borrello ruptured his ACL during a training session in the last week of April and has no chance of making it. Denmark Chelsea's Andreas Christensen and Brentford's Henrik Dalsgaard were sent home early from the squads for the spring friendlies, the former because of 'exhaustion' and the latter excused to spend some time with his newborn daughter. Both have been told that they are certainties for Age Hareide's 23.Central defender Andreas Bjelland has been troubled by an achilles injury but has returned to the Brentford squad while Lasse Vibe, who left Griffin Park in February for the Chinese Super League's Changchun Yatai, is running out of time to prove his fitness and sharpness after heel and hamstring injuries blighted the first half of his season. World Cup 2018 stadiums France Laurent Koscielny will miss the tournament after rupturing his achilles tendon in Arsenal's Europa League semi-final, second leg against Atletico Madrid. Benjamin Mendy has been out since September with a cruciate ligament injury but has been training with Manchester City's first-team squad since the beginning of March and should be back before the end of the season. If the left-back makes it he may go straight into the starting XI given Layvin Kurzawa's recent loss of form at PSG. Florian Thauvin, who has gone from zero to hero on his return from Newcastle to Marseille, should overcome a hamstring injury to make it but squad stalwarts Alexandre Lacazette, Moussa Sissoko and Dimitri Payet may all miss out after disappointing domestic seasons. Djibril Sidibe has injured the meniscus in his right knee and will miss the end of Monaco's season but the right-back hopes to be back in time to make Didier Deschamps' XXIII. Peru First-choice goalkeeper Pedro Gallese had knee surgery to correct a meniscus problem last February and though he is behind schedule to return for his Mexican league club Veracruz, remains confident that he will be ready for the friendly against Scotland on May 29. Veteran striker and captain Paolo Guerrero is currently serving a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine and other banned drugs following Peru's draw with Argentina last October. Peru will bring their famous kit to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images His suspension, reduced on appeal, ends on May 3 but his second appeal will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport before then as he continues to maintain he was the victim of contaminated food. Group D Argentina Ramiro Funes Mori's return to Everton's bench on the last day of March after more than a year out with a knee injury is a fillip to Jorge Sampaoli and his creaking defence. Roma winger Diego Perotti should return from a calf strain by the middle of April but Boca Juniors' playmaker Fernando Gago and centre-forward Dario Benedetto have been ruled out by their club who hope to have them back for pre-season training though neither severe knee-injury victim has given up hope of 11th-hour breakthroughs in their recovery regimes. World Cup Russian host cities you've never heard of Croatia Veterans Danijel Subasic, Dejan Lovren, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Nikola Kalinic and Mario Mandzukic all withdrew from last month's two-match tour to the United States to conserve their energies but they are fit and certainties for the squad barring any late setbacks. Ante Rebic, the Eintracht Frankfurt winger, and Fiorentina's defensive midfielder Milan Baldelj have missed games in April with a torn calf and rib injuries respectively but are due back before the end of the month and should take their places in Zlatko Dalic's 23. Iceland The medial ligament injury Gylfi Sigurdsson sustained in his right knee when playing for Everton against Brighton at the beginning of March was expected to end his domestic season while keeping a glimmer of hope alive that he would be fit for Russia. Sam Allardyce said he would personally deliver a 'b---------' to the employee who released a statement saying he was out for eight weeks and countered it by suggesting that the playmaker was a quick healer and may be back before May which gives Heimir Hallgrimsson grounds for optimism. Alfreð Finnbogason, the Augsburg centre-forward, who has been out since the end of January with a calf injury, is expected to make his comeback in mid April. Nigeria Wilfred Ndidi will miss the end of Leicester' season with a hamstring damaged during their walloping by Crystal Palace on April 28. His team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho broke his hand while playing for the Super Eagles during their defeat by Serbia last month but returned to bench duty for Leicester after missing only one Premier League game. Henry Onyekuru, the Everton forward who is spending 2017-18 on loan at Anderlecht, underwent knee ligament surgery in December but insisted he would be in contention to make the squad. On April 2 he returned to first-team training and says he will be ready to play and add to his nine league goals in 19 appearances before the month is out. Group E Brazil Neymar's metatarsal injury on Feb 25 threatened to turn into another bout of national self-flagellation and despondency but the initial prognosis that he would be out for 12 weeks still gives him time to recover and subsequent revisions of his estimated absence that have shaved four weeks off his return date should allow him to find some sharpness, too. Philippe Coutinho's ropey form since moving to Barcelona will not discourage Tite, who will use the Anfield friendly against Croatia at the start of June to reacquaint him with his best days alongside familiar faces in familiar surroundings. Filipe Luis, the Atlético left-back and back-up to Marcelo, fractured his fibula in mid-March but is hopeful of returning should Diego Simeone's team qualify for the Europa League final. Tite has never had much time for David Luiz's qualities and though the centre-back, whose knee injury has kept him out of Chelsea's squad since the middle of February, is striving to put himself in contention, his quest will probably be in vain. Costa Rica Joel Campbell, remarkably still an Arsenal player, injured his ankle while playing on loan for Real Betis at the end of October and has not played since. The forward reported that he was fit at the end of February and has returned to full training so seems likely to make the cut for the squad even if he will be woefully lacking match fitness, not that it did Paolo Rossi much harm in 1982 nor Marco van Basten at Euro 88. New York City left-back Ronald Matarrita has a hamstring injury that has hampered his preparations and Portland Timbers' defensive midfielder David Guzman has missed the past fortnight with a sprained knee sustained on international duty. The state of Neymar's health has become a Brazilian obsession Credit: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Switzerland Vladimir Petkovic expects Udinese's Valon Behrami to recover from his shoulder injury in a couple of weeks and has no other pressing concerns. Eren Derdiyok. Admir Mehmedi and Xherdan Shaqiri all sat out the recent friendlies (a 1-0 victory over Greece and a 6-0 thrashing of Panama) but should make the final squad when it is announced on May 14. Serbia Matija Nastasic damaged knee ligaments on April 12 playing for Schalke and the best prognosis for the centre-half is a six-week recuperation. Mladen Krstajic, a fine defender for Partizan, Werder Bremen, Schalke and the national team but a rookie coach appointed to this, his first job, only last December, has all his core players fit and only Benfica's Ljubomir Fejsa, the defensive midfielder who has won 10 successive league titles across three countries, suffering from recurring but minor, niggling problems. Fejsa has not played for Serbia since 2016 and would be a back-up only to Nemanja Matic and Luka Milivojevic if he makes the squad but would be a contender for tattoo of the tournament for the chest tableau that commemorates his return from serious injury while playing for Partizan and his later triumphs with Olympiakos and Benfica. ...⚽️❗️....done✔️ #f5 #justdone #stillfresh Obrigado Mareeee���� @maretattoo A post shared by Fejsa Ljubomir & Suzana (@fejsa5) on Mar 25, 2018 at 1:42pm PDT Group F Germany Borussia Monchengladbach's Lars Stindl is out with an ankle injury but Manuel Neuer returned to full goalkeeper training on April 5 after six months out having fractured a metatarsal in his left foot for the third time in a year and undergone surgery to insert a plate to protect the bone. The Bayern Munich and Germany captain has manged only three Bundesliga appearances this season yet, although Joachim Löw has benefited from his absence by exploiting it to give Marc-Andre Ter Stegen valuable international experience, the world champions will go to the wire to include Neuer. Jerome Boateng, though, is a serious doubt after injuring his knee during the first leg of Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. Boateng was injured during Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid Credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images Marco Reus, who missed the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 with ankle and groin injuries, made his comeback from cruciate ligament surgery in February after eight months out and Borussia Dortmund have nursed his return, allowing him time off to recover from soreness, over the past few weeks. "With Marco," said Löw, "it's important to us that he is brought to the top level carefully and without further pressure and that he gains in stability." Mario Götze, the scorer of the winning goal at Maracana, was left out of the squad for the spring friendlies after a dip in form while his Dortmund team-mate and World Cup final goal-provider Andre Schürrle, finally free of knee and achilles injuries, has impressed Löw sufficiently to reassure him that he still has a chance but has yet to earn a call-up. Mexico Giovani Dos Santos should be back for LA Galaxy by the end of April after his hamstring injury in early March and will resume his place in Mexico's midfield alongside Porto captain Hector Herrera who travelled with the national team for the spring double header against Iceland and Croatia but was sent back to his club for treatment because of an unspecified muscle injury. Starting central defender Carlos Salcedeo broke his collarbone during the defeat by Croatia and had surgery to have it pinned but is expected to return for Eintracht Frankfurt just before the end of the season. Another key defender, Nestor Araujo who plays for Santos Laguna, was also injured in the same match and has had keyhole surgery to repair meniscus damage. He, too, is expected to make a first-team comeback before the squad deadline of May 14. South Korea Shin Tae-yong's greatest concern last month as he prepares for his first tournament since moving up from U-20 manager to secure qualification centred not on fitness but the fatigue of Son Heung-min after a long season and a gruelling buil-up to it. "For most Europe-based players, they are used to getting in shape in August before the new season starts. I'm really worried that Son's form might go down from May, with his concentration waning and him becoming physically exhausted," he said. Former Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-gook, a member of the France 98 squad at the age of 18, harbours hopes of a place after a recall last September for the final qualifier against Uzbekistan but he has not been picked since. The sitter he missed against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup haunted him for years but most supporters seem to have forgiven him and would welcome the selection of the K-League's highest scorer. Sweden It would be unfair for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who played no part in qualification having retired after Euro 2016, to overshadow the preparations of the squad in making it to Russia but his possible return, despite his controversial link-up with a betting firm that would seem to preclude him being recalled under Fifa regulations, is dominating their build-up. "Just as with the national team, if I want to play, I’ll play," he said. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not ruled out a comeback Credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong “This is not a question for Fifa, it’s a question for me and what I want.” Janne Andersson has no injury worries with a month to go but the inexperience of all his goalkeepers must be a cause of some disquiet. Robin Olsen performed heroically against Italy in the second leg of the play-off but he has only 16 caps and the manager has tried several alternatives in pursuit of an undisputed No1. Group G Belgium Michy Batshuayi, having scored nine goals in 14 games during a terrific loan spell at Dortmund, left the field on a stretcher on April 15 after sustaining an ankle injury during the derby defeat by Schalke that has ended his season but not his World Cup chances even if they are now very slim indeed. Vincent Kompany's return to form and fitness has removed Roberto Martínez's most long-standing doubt though Christian Benteke's travails in front of goal for Crystal Palace had put his chances of a squad place as a back-up to Romelu Lukaku at serious risk until Batshuayi's injury. Nacer Chadli has missed West Brom's doomed 'fight' against relegation since December with hip and thigh injuries but Albion report that he is ready to return on April 21 after an impressive showing in training. Thibaut Courtois has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the spring friendlies and Chelsea's defeat by Spurs for whom Toby Alderweireld remains on the peripheries, which must be a worry for Martínez. England Liverpool pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez miss the tournament through injury but team-mate Nathaniel Clyne is making gradual returns to first-team football and may be a late contender for a squad place. Phil Jones has suffered recurrent hamstring injuries this season and, although he is now fit while Jack Wilshere, who withdrew from the spring squads, remains an outsider as does Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has returned to Palace's side after three months out with an ankle injury and knee pain. Adam Lallana has endured a desperate run with injuries Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Nathaniel Chalobah joined the England squad in March to continue his rehabilitation from a fractured knee-cap but is unlikely to play for Watford before the season's end while Daniel Sturridge was out for two months with a hamstring injury that has turned his loan move to West Bromwich into an exorbitant farce. Adam Lallana has gone to South Africa for rehab therapy on his injured hamstring and Gareth Southgate is understood to be willing to give him until May 13 to prove he can make it but that has to be a serious doubt after a couple of injury-wrecked seasons. Panama The World Cup finals debutants have no injuries to report and Hernán Darío Gómez has a full-strength squad of relatively unknown but remarkably experienced players - the 24 men picked for the spring friendlies averaged 59 caps each - ready for Russia. Tunisia Tunisia have suffered the worst blow of all 32 teams to date, losing their playmaker Youssef Msakni, who suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury on April 7 that will keep him out for at least six months. The attacking midfielder, who has 49 caps, tore an anterior ligament playing for his Qatar Stars League club, Al-Duhail, against Al-Sailiya. Nabil Maloul, Tunisia's manager, was asked in March what Msakni's absence would mean when the player could not feature in the spring friendlies because of a minor meniscus problem that required 10 days' rest, he said it would be like Argentina going to Russia without Lionel Messi. Group H Colombia Juan Cuadrado gave Jose Pekerman a scare by injuring his groin back in January and the initial prognosis, that he would be out for at least three months after surgery, possibly six, was discouraging. But the winger made his return for Juventus ahead of schedule last month while Sampdoria's Duvan Zapata, who missed their match with Cagliari on April 28, should also make it back before the end of the season. Japan Turmoil at management level - Akira Nishino replaced Vahid Halilhodzic at the beginning of April - contrasts with relative serenity over options for selection. Second-choice keeper, Masaaki Higashiguchi, fractured his cheekbone on April 21 but is likely to make the World Cup 23 even if he has to play in a face mask for precautionary reasons. Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai was ruled out for three weeks in April with a medial collateral ligament strain in his left knee and misses both legs of their Europa League semifinal against Red Bull Salzburg but is confident of recovering in time to participate in Russia. World Cup 2018 venues Poland Veteran midfielder, the live blogger's friend Jakub Blaszczykowski, made his first start for Hamburg since February on April 28 and should be fit to make a squad that has no major current concerns about its key components. Artur Boruc, who had 60 caps, announced his international retirement last year bur had long since taken the role of third banana behind Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny. Senegal Monaco's fiery forward Keita Balde has been out since April 7 with a hamstring injury but should be back for the St Etienne game on May 12.The principal worry for Aliou Cisse concered his centre-back and vice-captain Kara Mbodji, who has not played since before Christmas following knee surgery for an injury he picked up playing for Anderlecht. After thrice-daily rehab sessions, Kara says he hopes to be involved for their final league game against Club Brugge on May 6.
Each of the 31 qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup plus the hosts will name their provisional 35 man squads for the tournament by the deadline on May 14, exactly a month before the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. They will then have until June 4 to cull the numbers down to 23. Those who do not make the cut are likely to be placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about who is available and who is struggling to make it. Group A Egypt No significant injury worries for Héctor Cúper, not even over the 45-year-old goalkeeper and captain Essam El-Hadary who is firmly on course to become the oldest player in finals history. There are wider concerns over the form of West Brom's shell-shocked Ahmed Hegazi but it is countered by Mohamed Salah's during his outstanding debut season at Liverpool. Russia Stanislav Cherchisov has been tasked with taking the hosts to the last four at least, which will be difficult given their results in a very taxing build-up programme - defeated by Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and France. Aleksandr Kokorin, the 27-year-old Zenit winger who scored Russia's goal in the draw with Algeria during the 2014 tournament, is all but certain to miss the World Cup having damaged his ACL in mid March. Igor Denisov, the Lokomotiv defensive midfielder and Russia captain under Fabio Capello, fell out with Cherchisov years ago at Dynamo Moscow and the manager has refused to pick him while arguments between Cherchisov and the 6ft 5in striker Artem Dzyuba threaten his involvement. CSKA twins Aleksei and Vasily Berezutski retired after Euro 2016 and have refused the manager's entreaties to return to the squad at the age of 35 following the serious knee injuries suffered by Viktor Vasin and Georgi Dzhikiya. Saudi Arabia The only team at the tournament ranked lower than the hosts, it's a fortuitous coincidence for Russia that they were drawn out to play the curtain-raiser. A resounding defeat by Belgium in March was forgivable but their 4-1 loss inIraq the month before has provoked understandable disquiet. Decisions to send the midfielders Yahya Al-Shehri, Salem Al-Dawsari and Fahad Al-Muwallad on loan to Leganes, Villarreal and Levante respectively in January has backfired. None of the national team stalwarts had played a minute of Liga football by the end of March 2018. Uruguay Oscar Tabárez's team looks as powerful as ever, built around the relentless, uncompromising defensive work of Diego Godín, the attacking prowess of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez supplied by Gastón Ramírez and now with the young, athletic Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur to add drive to the usual steel. Veteran defender Martín Cáceres has a calf injury that had restricted him to only one appearance by the end of March following his transfer from Verona after that dreadful year at Southampton and remains the major doubt. World Cup predictor Group B Iran Ashkan Dejagah, a Bundesliga title-winner with Wolfsburg and fondly remembered by Fulham fans who elected him player of the year in 2013-14, returned to England with Nottingham Forest as a free agent in January but suffered a knee injury the following month that will keep him out until the end of April. The 31-year-old midfielder, who played all three group matches in Brazil four years ago, is Carlos Queiroz's only significant injury worry. Captain Masoud Shojaei has returned to the squad after seven months and has so far overcome opposition from the deputy sports minister and another parliamentarian for playing for Panionios against Maccabi Tel Aviv in a Europa League qualifier. A national team life ban for playing against a representative of a state Iran does not recognise had been proposed but Queiroz ignored the calls. Morocco The African Nations champions qualified without conceding a goal and three-quarters of the defence that earned them their enviable record - Nabil Dirar, Mehdi Benatia and Romain Saiss - are all fit and in impressive form. The versatile Real Madrid prodigy, Achraf Hakimi, however, was withdrawn from the squad for the March friendlies when injured on the first day of training and is likely to miss a few weeks while the midfielder Ait Bennasser, who hurt his thigh while playing for Caen against Angers in March, is not expected to be back on contention until the beginning of May at the earliest. Zouhair Feddal, who plays at left-back for Real Betis, ruptured his Achilles in February and, barring a miracle, will miss the World Cup. England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked Portugal Renato Sanches, who was so sensational at Euro 2016 that Bayern Munich agreed a deal to sign the teenage midfielder that committed them to spending as much as £72m for him, has endured a wretched run of form and fitness ever since. His latest hamstring injury while on loan at Swansea has kept him sidelined since mid January and the Premier League club sent him back to Munich at the end of March for treatment, admitting he might not return. But, to much surprise, he returned to the matchday squad for the visit of Chelsea on April 28 but didn't get on in the 1-0 defeat. Major concerns persist over the durability of the veteran central defenders - Jose Fonte and Bruno Silva, 34 and 36 respectively - who are currently fit but have had lengthy lay-offs in recent months while the 35-year-old Pepe is nursing a broken toe. Spain No significant injury concerns so far for Julen Lopetegui but the form of Alvaro Morata at Chelsea has been a worry and led to him being left out of the squad for the spring friendlies. Diego Costa, in the rudest of health and spirit at Atlético Madrid, should lead the line which may make a romantic recall for Spain's top-scorer, New York City's David Villa, at the age of 36 far more remote than it seemed last autumn. Cesc Fabregas and Bayern Munich's Javi Martínez have been notable omissions from Lopetegui's squads ever since he took over from Vicente del Bosque in 2016 and while neither are resigned to missing out, recalls at this late stage are extremely unlikely. Group C Australia Bert van Marwijk, appointed in January on a seven-month contract, recalled the goalkeeper Brad Jones after four years out of international football in his first squad and the former Liverpool reserve, now with Feyenoord, has a good chance of making it to Russia in place of Adam Federici, the Bournemouth back-up, who has not played for 15 months after suffering back-to-back knee injuries. Matthew Spiranovic, a free agent since his release by Zhejiang Greentown in February, will pay the price for not heeding former manager Ange Postecoglou who repeatedly warned him that playing in the Chinese second division was not adequate preparation for a World Cup place. Melbourne Victory centre-half Rhys Williams, hoping to make his first World Cup after injury ruled him out of South Africa and Brazil, tore his calf on April 29 and looks like making it third time unlucky. Kaiserslautern's Brandon Borrello ruptured his ACL during a training session in the last week of April and has no chance of making it. Denmark Chelsea's Andreas Christensen and Brentford's Henrik Dalsgaard were sent home early from the squads for the spring friendlies, the former because of 'exhaustion' and the latter excused to spend some time with his newborn daughter. Both have been told that they are certainties for Age Hareide's 23.Central defender Andreas Bjelland has been troubled by an achilles injury but has returned to the Brentford squad while Lasse Vibe, who left Griffin Park in February for the Chinese Super League's Changchun Yatai, is running out of time to prove his fitness and sharpness after heel and hamstring injuries blighted the first half of his season. World Cup 2018 stadiums France Laurent Koscielny will miss the tournament after rupturing his achilles tendon in Arsenal's Europa League semi-final, second leg against Atletico Madrid. Benjamin Mendy has been out since September with a cruciate ligament injury but has been training with Manchester City's first-team squad since the beginning of March and should be back before the end of the season. If the left-back makes it he may go straight into the starting XI given Layvin Kurzawa's recent loss of form at PSG. Florian Thauvin, who has gone from zero to hero on his return from Newcastle to Marseille, should overcome a hamstring injury to make it but squad stalwarts Alexandre Lacazette, Moussa Sissoko and Dimitri Payet may all miss out after disappointing domestic seasons. Djibril Sidibe has injured the meniscus in his right knee and will miss the end of Monaco's season but the right-back hopes to be back in time to make Didier Deschamps' XXIII. Peru First-choice goalkeeper Pedro Gallese had knee surgery to correct a meniscus problem last February and though he is behind schedule to return for his Mexican league club Veracruz, remains confident that he will be ready for the friendly against Scotland on May 29. Veteran striker and captain Paolo Guerrero is currently serving a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine and other banned drugs following Peru's draw with Argentina last October. Peru will bring their famous kit to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images His suspension, reduced on appeal, ends on May 3 but his second appeal will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport before then as he continues to maintain he was the victim of contaminated food. Group D Argentina Ramiro Funes Mori's return to Everton's bench on the last day of March after more than a year out with a knee injury is a fillip to Jorge Sampaoli and his creaking defence. Roma winger Diego Perotti should return from a calf strain by the middle of April but Boca Juniors' playmaker Fernando Gago and centre-forward Dario Benedetto have been ruled out by their club who hope to have them back for pre-season training though neither severe knee-injury victim has given up hope of 11th-hour breakthroughs in their recovery regimes. World Cup Russian host cities you've never heard of Croatia Veterans Danijel Subasic, Dejan Lovren, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Nikola Kalinic and Mario Mandzukic all withdrew from last month's two-match tour to the United States to conserve their energies but they are fit and certainties for the squad barring any late setbacks. Ante Rebic, the Eintracht Frankfurt winger, and Fiorentina's defensive midfielder Milan Baldelj have missed games in April with a torn calf and rib injuries respectively but are due back before the end of the month and should take their places in Zlatko Dalic's 23. Iceland The medial ligament injury Gylfi Sigurdsson sustained in his right knee when playing for Everton against Brighton at the beginning of March was expected to end his domestic season while keeping a glimmer of hope alive that he would be fit for Russia. Sam Allardyce said he would personally deliver a 'b---------' to the employee who released a statement saying he was out for eight weeks and countered it by suggesting that the playmaker was a quick healer and may be back before May which gives Heimir Hallgrimsson grounds for optimism. Alfreð Finnbogason, the Augsburg centre-forward, who has been out since the end of January with a calf injury, is expected to make his comeback in mid April. Nigeria Wilfred Ndidi will miss the end of Leicester' season with a hamstring damaged during their walloping by Crystal Palace on April 28. His team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho broke his hand while playing for the Super Eagles during their defeat by Serbia last month but returned to bench duty for Leicester after missing only one Premier League game. Henry Onyekuru, the Everton forward who is spending 2017-18 on loan at Anderlecht, underwent knee ligament surgery in December but insisted he would be in contention to make the squad. On April 2 he returned to first-team training and says he will be ready to play and add to his nine league goals in 19 appearances before the month is out. Group E Brazil Neymar's metatarsal injury on Feb 25 threatened to turn into another bout of national self-flagellation and despondency but the initial prognosis that he would be out for 12 weeks still gives him time to recover and subsequent revisions of his estimated absence that have shaved four weeks off his return date should allow him to find some sharpness, too. Philippe Coutinho's ropey form since moving to Barcelona will not discourage Tite, who will use the Anfield friendly against Croatia at the start of June to reacquaint him with his best days alongside familiar faces in familiar surroundings. Filipe Luis, the Atlético left-back and back-up to Marcelo, fractured his fibula in mid-March but is hopeful of returning should Diego Simeone's team qualify for the Europa League final. Tite has never had much time for David Luiz's qualities and though the centre-back, whose knee injury has kept him out of Chelsea's squad since the middle of February, is striving to put himself in contention, his quest will probably be in vain. Costa Rica Joel Campbell, remarkably still an Arsenal player, injured his ankle while playing on loan for Real Betis at the end of October and has not played since. The forward reported that he was fit at the end of February and has returned to full training so seems likely to make the cut for the squad even if he will be woefully lacking match fitness, not that it did Paolo Rossi much harm in 1982 nor Marco van Basten at Euro 88. New York City left-back Ronald Matarrita has a hamstring injury that has hampered his preparations and Portland Timbers' defensive midfielder David Guzman has missed the past fortnight with a sprained knee sustained on international duty. The state of Neymar's health has become a Brazilian obsession Credit: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Switzerland Vladimir Petkovic expects Udinese's Valon Behrami to recover from his shoulder injury in a couple of weeks and has no other pressing concerns. Eren Derdiyok. Admir Mehmedi and Xherdan Shaqiri all sat out the recent friendlies (a 1-0 victory over Greece and a 6-0 thrashing of Panama) but should make the final squad when it is announced on May 14. Serbia Matija Nastasic damaged knee ligaments on April 12 playing for Schalke and the best prognosis for the centre-half is a six-week recuperation. Mladen Krstajic, a fine defender for Partizan, Werder Bremen, Schalke and the national team but a rookie coach appointed to this, his first job, only last December, has all his core players fit and only Benfica's Ljubomir Fejsa, the defensive midfielder who has won 10 successive league titles across three countries, suffering from recurring but minor, niggling problems. Fejsa has not played for Serbia since 2016 and would be a back-up only to Nemanja Matic and Luka Milivojevic if he makes the squad but would be a contender for tattoo of the tournament for the chest tableau that commemorates his return from serious injury while playing for Partizan and his later triumphs with Olympiakos and Benfica. ...⚽️❗️....done✔️ #f5 #justdone #stillfresh Obrigado Mareeee���� @maretattoo A post shared by Fejsa Ljubomir & Suzana (@fejsa5) on Mar 25, 2018 at 1:42pm PDT Group F Germany Borussia Monchengladbach's Lars Stindl is out with an ankle injury but Manuel Neuer returned to full goalkeeper training on April 5 after six months out having fractured a metatarsal in his left foot for the third time in a year and undergone surgery to insert a plate to protect the bone. The Bayern Munich and Germany captain has manged only three Bundesliga appearances this season yet, although Joachim Löw has benefited from his absence by exploiting it to give Marc-Andre Ter Stegen valuable international experience, the world champions will go to the wire to include Neuer. Jerome Boateng, though, is a serious doubt after injuring his knee during the first leg of Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. Boateng was injured during Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid Credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images Marco Reus, who missed the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 with ankle and groin injuries, made his comeback from cruciate ligament surgery in February after eight months out and Borussia Dortmund have nursed his return, allowing him time off to recover from soreness, over the past few weeks. "With Marco," said Löw, "it's important to us that he is brought to the top level carefully and without further pressure and that he gains in stability." Mario Götze, the scorer of the winning goal at Maracana, was left out of the squad for the spring friendlies after a dip in form while his Dortmund team-mate and World Cup final goal-provider Andre Schürrle, finally free of knee and achilles injuries, has impressed Löw sufficiently to reassure him that he still has a chance but has yet to earn a call-up. Mexico Giovani Dos Santos should be back for LA Galaxy by the end of April after his hamstring injury in early March and will resume his place in Mexico's midfield alongside Porto captain Hector Herrera who travelled with the national team for the spring double header against Iceland and Croatia but was sent back to his club for treatment because of an unspecified muscle injury. Starting central defender Carlos Salcedeo broke his collarbone during the defeat by Croatia and had surgery to have it pinned but is expected to return for Eintracht Frankfurt just before the end of the season. Another key defender, Nestor Araujo who plays for Santos Laguna, was also injured in the same match and has had keyhole surgery to repair meniscus damage. He, too, is expected to make a first-team comeback before the squad deadline of May 14. South Korea Shin Tae-yong's greatest concern last month as he prepares for his first tournament since moving up from U-20 manager to secure qualification centred not on fitness but the fatigue of Son Heung-min after a long season and a gruelling buil-up to it. "For most Europe-based players, they are used to getting in shape in August before the new season starts. I'm really worried that Son's form might go down from May, with his concentration waning and him becoming physically exhausted," he said. Former Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-gook, a member of the France 98 squad at the age of 18, harbours hopes of a place after a recall last September for the final qualifier against Uzbekistan but he has not been picked since. The sitter he missed against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup haunted him for years but most supporters seem to have forgiven him and would welcome the selection of the K-League's highest scorer. Sweden It would be unfair for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who played no part in qualification having retired after Euro 2016, to overshadow the preparations of the squad in making it to Russia but his possible return, despite his controversial link-up with a betting firm that would seem to preclude him being recalled under Fifa regulations, is dominating their build-up. "Just as with the national team, if I want to play, I’ll play," he said. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not ruled out a comeback Credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong “This is not a question for Fifa, it’s a question for me and what I want.” Janne Andersson has no injury worries with a month to go but the inexperience of all his goalkeepers must be a cause of some disquiet. Robin Olsen performed heroically against Italy in the second leg of the play-off but he has only 16 caps and the manager has tried several alternatives in pursuit of an undisputed No1. Group G Belgium Michy Batshuayi, having scored nine goals in 14 games during a terrific loan spell at Dortmund, left the field on a stretcher on April 15 after sustaining an ankle injury during the derby defeat by Schalke that has ended his season but not his World Cup chances even if they are now very slim indeed. Vincent Kompany's return to form and fitness has removed Roberto Martínez's most long-standing doubt though Christian Benteke's travails in front of goal for Crystal Palace had put his chances of a squad place as a back-up to Romelu Lukaku at serious risk until Batshuayi's injury. Nacer Chadli has missed West Brom's doomed 'fight' against relegation since December with hip and thigh injuries but Albion report that he is ready to return on April 21 after an impressive showing in training. Thibaut Courtois has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the spring friendlies and Chelsea's defeat by Spurs for whom Toby Alderweireld remains on the peripheries, which must be a worry for Martínez. England Liverpool pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez miss the tournament through injury but team-mate Nathaniel Clyne is making gradual returns to first-team football and may be a late contender for a squad place. Phil Jones has suffered recurrent hamstring injuries this season and, although he is now fit while Jack Wilshere, who withdrew from the spring squads, remains an outsider as does Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has returned to Palace's side after three months out with an ankle injury and knee pain. Adam Lallana has endured a desperate run with injuries Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Nathaniel Chalobah joined the England squad in March to continue his rehabilitation from a fractured knee-cap but is unlikely to play for Watford before the season's end while Daniel Sturridge was out for two months with a hamstring injury that has turned his loan move to West Bromwich into an exorbitant farce. Adam Lallana has gone to South Africa for rehab therapy on his injured hamstring and Gareth Southgate is understood to be willing to give him until May 13 to prove he can make it but that has to be a serious doubt after a couple of injury-wrecked seasons. Panama The World Cup finals debutants have no injuries to report and Hernán Darío Gómez has a full-strength squad of relatively unknown but remarkably experienced players - the 24 men picked for the spring friendlies averaged 59 caps each - ready for Russia. Tunisia Tunisia have suffered the worst blow of all 32 teams to date, losing their playmaker Youssef Msakni, who suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury on April 7 that will keep him out for at least six months. The attacking midfielder, who has 49 caps, tore an anterior ligament playing for his Qatar Stars League club, Al-Duhail, against Al-Sailiya. Nabil Maloul, Tunisia's manager, was asked in March what Msakni's absence would mean when the player could not feature in the spring friendlies because of a minor meniscus problem that required 10 days' rest, he said it would be like Argentina going to Russia without Lionel Messi. Group H Colombia Juan Cuadrado gave Jose Pekerman a scare by injuring his groin back in January and the initial prognosis, that he would be out for at least three months after surgery, possibly six, was discouraging. But the winger made his return for Juventus ahead of schedule last month while Sampdoria's Duvan Zapata, who missed their match with Cagliari on April 28, should also make it back before the end of the season. Japan Turmoil at management level - Akira Nishino replaced Vahid Halilhodzic at the beginning of April - contrasts with relative serenity over options for selection. Second-choice keeper, Masaaki Higashiguchi, fractured his cheekbone on April 21 but is likely to make the World Cup 23 even if he has to play in a face mask for precautionary reasons. Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai was ruled out for three weeks in April with a medial collateral ligament strain in his left knee and misses both legs of their Europa League semifinal against Red Bull Salzburg but is confident of recovering in time to participate in Russia. World Cup 2018 venues Poland Veteran midfielder, the live blogger's friend Jakub Blaszczykowski, made his first start for Hamburg since February on April 28 and should be fit to make a squad that has no major current concerns about its key components. Artur Boruc, who had 60 caps, announced his international retirement last year bur had long since taken the role of third banana behind Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny. Senegal Monaco's fiery forward Keita Balde has been out since April 7 with a hamstring injury but should be back for the St Etienne game on May 12.The principal worry for Aliou Cisse concered his centre-back and vice-captain Kara Mbodji, who has not played since before Christmas following knee surgery for an injury he picked up playing for Anderlecht. After thrice-daily rehab sessions, Kara says he hopes to be involved for their final league game against Club Brugge on May 6.
World Cup 2018 squad guide: Latest group news and updates
Each of the 31 qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup plus the hosts will name their provisional 35 man squads for the tournament by the deadline on May 14, exactly a month before the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. They will then have until June 4 to cull the numbers down to 23. Those who do not make the cut are likely to be placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about who is available and who is struggling to make it. Group A Egypt No significant injury worries for Héctor Cúper, not even over the 45-year-old goalkeeper and captain Essam El-Hadary who is firmly on course to become the oldest player in finals history. There are wider concerns over the form of West Brom's shell-shocked Ahmed Hegazi but it is countered by Mohamed Salah's during his outstanding debut season at Liverpool. Russia Stanislav Cherchisov has been tasked with taking the hosts to the last four at least, which will be difficult given their results in a very taxing build-up programme - defeated by Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and France. Aleksandr Kokorin, the 27-year-old Zenit winger who scored Russia's goal in the draw with Algeria during the 2014 tournament, is all but certain to miss the World Cup having damaged his ACL in mid March. Igor Denisov, the Lokomotiv defensive midfielder and Russia captain under Fabio Capello, fell out with Cherchisov years ago at Dynamo Moscow and the manager has refused to pick him while arguments between Cherchisov and the 6ft 5in striker Artem Dzyuba threaten his involvement. CSKA twins Aleksei and Vasily Berezutski retired after Euro 2016 and have refused the manager's entreaties to return to the squad at the age of 35 following the serious knee injuries suffered by Viktor Vasin and Georgi Dzhikiya. Saudi Arabia The only team at the tournament ranked lower than the hosts, it's a fortuitous coincidence for Russia that they were drawn out to play the curtain-raiser. A resounding defeat by Belgium in March was forgivable but their 4-1 loss inIraq the month before has provoked understandable disquiet. Decisions to send the midfielders Yahya Al-Shehri, Salem Al-Dawsari and Fahad Al-Muwallad on loan to Leganes, Villarreal and Levante respectively in January has backfired. None of the national team stalwarts had played a minute of Liga football by the end of March 2018. Uruguay Oscar Tabárez's team looks as powerful as ever, built around the relentless, uncompromising defensive work of Diego Godín, the attacking prowess of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez supplied by Gastón Ramírez and now with the young, athletic Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur to add drive to the usual steel. Veteran defender Martín Cáceres has a calf injury that had restricted him to only one appearance by the end of March following his transfer from Verona after that dreadful year at Southampton and remains the major doubt. World Cup predictor Group B Iran Ashkan Dejagah, a Bundesliga title-winner with Wolfsburg and fondly remembered by Fulham fans who elected him player of the year in 2013-14, returned to England with Nottingham Forest as a free agent in January but suffered a knee injury the following month that will keep him out until the end of April. The 31-year-old midfielder, who played all three group matches in Brazil four years ago, is Carlos Queiroz's only significant injury worry. Captain Masoud Shojaei has returned to the squad after seven months and has so far overcome opposition from the deputy sports minister and another parliamentarian for playing for Panionios against Maccabi Tel Aviv in a Europa League qualifier. A national team life ban for playing against a representative of a state Iran does not recognise had been proposed but Queiroz ignored the calls. Morocco The African Nations champions qualified without conceding a goal and three-quarters of the defence that earned them their enviable record - Nabil Dirar, Mehdi Benatia and Romain Saiss - are all fit and in impressive form. The versatile Real Madrid prodigy, Achraf Hakimi, however, was withdrawn from the squad for the March friendlies when injured on the first day of training and is likely to miss a few weeks while the midfielder Ait Bennasser, who hurt his thigh while playing for Caen against Angers in March, is not expected to be back on contention until the beginning of May at the earliest. Zouhair Feddal, who plays at left-back for Real Betis, ruptured his Achilles in February and, barring a miracle, will miss the World Cup. England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked Portugal Renato Sanches, who was so sensational at Euro 2016 that Bayern Munich agreed a deal to sign the teenage midfielder that committed them to spending as much as £72m for him, has endured a wretched run of form and fitness ever since. His latest hamstring injury while on loan at Swansea has kept him sidelined since mid January and the Premier League club sent him back to Munich at the end of March for treatment, admitting he might not return. But, to much surprise, he returned to the matchday squad for the visit of Chelsea on April 28 but didn't get on in the 1-0 defeat. Major concerns persist over the durability of the veteran central defenders - Jose Fonte and Bruno Silva, 34 and 36 respectively - who are currently fit but have had lengthy lay-offs in recent months while the 35-year-old Pepe is nursing a broken toe. Spain No significant injury concerns so far for Julen Lopetegui but the form of Alvaro Morata at Chelsea has been a worry and led to him being left out of the squad for the spring friendlies. Diego Costa, in the rudest of health and spirit at Atlético Madrid, should lead the line which may make a romantic recall for Spain's top-scorer, New York City's David Villa, at the age of 36 far more remote than it seemed last autumn. Cesc Fabregas and Bayern Munich's Javi Martínez have been notable omissions from Lopetegui's squads ever since he took over from Vicente del Bosque in 2016 and while neither are resigned to missing out, recalls at this late stage are extremely unlikely. Group C Australia Bert van Marwijk, appointed in January on a seven-month contract, recalled the goalkeeper Brad Jones after four years out of international football in his first squad and the former Liverpool reserve, now with Feyenoord, has a good chance of making it to Russia in place of Adam Federici, the Bournemouth back-up, who has not played for 15 months after suffering back-to-back knee injuries. Matthew Spiranovic, a free agent since his release by Zhejiang Greentown in February, will pay the price for not heeding former manager Ange Postecoglou who repeatedly warned him that playing in the Chinese second division was not adequate preparation for a World Cup place. Melbourne Victory centre-half Rhys Williams, hoping to make his first World Cup after injury ruled him out of South Africa and Brazil, tore his calf on April 29 and looks like making it third time unlucky. Kaiserslautern's Brandon Borrello ruptured his ACL during a training session in the last week of April and has no chance of making it. Denmark Chelsea's Andreas Christensen and Brentford's Henrik Dalsgaard were sent home early from the squads for the spring friendlies, the former because of 'exhaustion' and the latter excused to spend some time with his newborn daughter. Both have been told that they are certainties for Age Hareide's 23.Central defender Andreas Bjelland has been troubled by an achilles injury but has returned to the Brentford squad while Lasse Vibe, who left Griffin Park in February for the Chinese Super League's Changchun Yatai, is running out of time to prove his fitness and sharpness after heel and hamstring injuries blighted the first half of his season. World Cup 2018 stadiums France Laurent Koscielny will miss the tournament after rupturing his achilles tendon in Arsenal's Europa League semi-final, second leg against Atletico Madrid. Benjamin Mendy has been out since September with a cruciate ligament injury but has been training with Manchester City's first-team squad since the beginning of March and should be back before the end of the season. If the left-back makes it he may go straight into the starting XI given Layvin Kurzawa's recent loss of form at PSG. Florian Thauvin, who has gone from zero to hero on his return from Newcastle to Marseille, should overcome a hamstring injury to make it but squad stalwarts Alexandre Lacazette, Moussa Sissoko and Dimitri Payet may all miss out after disappointing domestic seasons. Djibril Sidibe has injured the meniscus in his right knee and will miss the end of Monaco's season but the right-back hopes to be back in time to make Didier Deschamps' XXIII. Peru First-choice goalkeeper Pedro Gallese had knee surgery to correct a meniscus problem last February and though he is behind schedule to return for his Mexican league club Veracruz, remains confident that he will be ready for the friendly against Scotland on May 29. Veteran striker and captain Paolo Guerrero is currently serving a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine and other banned drugs following Peru's draw with Argentina last October. Peru will bring their famous kit to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images His suspension, reduced on appeal, ends on May 3 but his second appeal will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport before then as he continues to maintain he was the victim of contaminated food. Group D Argentina Ramiro Funes Mori's return to Everton's bench on the last day of March after more than a year out with a knee injury is a fillip to Jorge Sampaoli and his creaking defence. Roma winger Diego Perotti should return from a calf strain by the middle of April but Boca Juniors' playmaker Fernando Gago and centre-forward Dario Benedetto have been ruled out by their club who hope to have them back for pre-season training though neither severe knee-injury victim has given up hope of 11th-hour breakthroughs in their recovery regimes. World Cup Russian host cities you've never heard of Croatia Veterans Danijel Subasic, Dejan Lovren, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Nikola Kalinic and Mario Mandzukic all withdrew from last month's two-match tour to the United States to conserve their energies but they are fit and certainties for the squad barring any late setbacks. Ante Rebic, the Eintracht Frankfurt winger, and Fiorentina's defensive midfielder Milan Baldelj have missed games in April with a torn calf and rib injuries respectively but are due back before the end of the month and should take their places in Zlatko Dalic's 23. Iceland The medial ligament injury Gylfi Sigurdsson sustained in his right knee when playing for Everton against Brighton at the beginning of March was expected to end his domestic season while keeping a glimmer of hope alive that he would be fit for Russia. Sam Allardyce said he would personally deliver a 'b---------' to the employee who released a statement saying he was out for eight weeks and countered it by suggesting that the playmaker was a quick healer and may be back before May which gives Heimir Hallgrimsson grounds for optimism. Alfreð Finnbogason, the Augsburg centre-forward, who has been out since the end of January with a calf injury, is expected to make his comeback in mid April. Nigeria Wilfred Ndidi will miss the end of Leicester' season with a hamstring damaged during their walloping by Crystal Palace on April 28. His team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho broke his hand while playing for the Super Eagles during their defeat by Serbia last month but returned to bench duty for Leicester after missing only one Premier League game. Henry Onyekuru, the Everton forward who is spending 2017-18 on loan at Anderlecht, underwent knee ligament surgery in December but insisted he would be in contention to make the squad. On April 2 he returned to first-team training and says he will be ready to play and add to his nine league goals in 19 appearances before the month is out. Group E Brazil Neymar's metatarsal injury on Feb 25 threatened to turn into another bout of national self-flagellation and despondency but the initial prognosis that he would be out for 12 weeks still gives him time to recover and subsequent revisions of his estimated absence that have shaved four weeks off his return date should allow him to find some sharpness, too. Philippe Coutinho's ropey form since moving to Barcelona will not discourage Tite, who will use the Anfield friendly against Croatia at the start of June to reacquaint him with his best days alongside familiar faces in familiar surroundings. Filipe Luis, the Atlético left-back and back-up to Marcelo, fractured his fibula in mid-March but is hopeful of returning should Diego Simeone's team qualify for the Europa League final. Tite has never had much time for David Luiz's qualities and though the centre-back, whose knee injury has kept him out of Chelsea's squad since the middle of February, is striving to put himself in contention, his quest will probably be in vain. Costa Rica Joel Campbell, remarkably still an Arsenal player, injured his ankle while playing on loan for Real Betis at the end of October and has not played since. The forward reported that he was fit at the end of February and has returned to full training so seems likely to make the cut for the squad even if he will be woefully lacking match fitness, not that it did Paolo Rossi much harm in 1982 nor Marco van Basten at Euro 88. New York City left-back Ronald Matarrita has a hamstring injury that has hampered his preparations and Portland Timbers' defensive midfielder David Guzman has missed the past fortnight with a sprained knee sustained on international duty. The state of Neymar's health has become a Brazilian obsession Credit: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Switzerland Vladimir Petkovic expects Udinese's Valon Behrami to recover from his shoulder injury in a couple of weeks and has no other pressing concerns. Eren Derdiyok. Admir Mehmedi and Xherdan Shaqiri all sat out the recent friendlies (a 1-0 victory over Greece and a 6-0 thrashing of Panama) but should make the final squad when it is announced on May 14. Serbia Matija Nastasic damaged knee ligaments on April 12 playing for Schalke and the best prognosis for the centre-half is a six-week recuperation. Mladen Krstajic, a fine defender for Partizan, Werder Bremen, Schalke and the national team but a rookie coach appointed to this, his first job, only last December, has all his core players fit and only Benfica's Ljubomir Fejsa, the defensive midfielder who has won 10 successive league titles across three countries, suffering from recurring but minor, niggling problems. Fejsa has not played for Serbia since 2016 and would be a back-up only to Nemanja Matic and Luka Milivojevic if he makes the squad but would be a contender for tattoo of the tournament for the chest tableau that commemorates his return from serious injury while playing for Partizan and his later triumphs with Olympiakos and Benfica. ...⚽️❗️....done✔️ #f5 #justdone #stillfresh Obrigado Mareeee���� @maretattoo A post shared by Fejsa Ljubomir & Suzana (@fejsa5) on Mar 25, 2018 at 1:42pm PDT Group F Germany Borussia Monchengladbach's Lars Stindl is out with an ankle injury but Manuel Neuer returned to full goalkeeper training on April 5 after six months out having fractured a metatarsal in his left foot for the third time in a year and undergone surgery to insert a plate to protect the bone. The Bayern Munich and Germany captain has manged only three Bundesliga appearances this season yet, although Joachim Löw has benefited from his absence by exploiting it to give Marc-Andre Ter Stegen valuable international experience, the world champions will go to the wire to include Neuer. Jerome Boateng, though, is a serious doubt after injuring his knee during the first leg of Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. Boateng was injured during Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid Credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images Marco Reus, who missed the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 with ankle and groin injuries, made his comeback from cruciate ligament surgery in February after eight months out and Borussia Dortmund have nursed his return, allowing him time off to recover from soreness, over the past few weeks. "With Marco," said Löw, "it's important to us that he is brought to the top level carefully and without further pressure and that he gains in stability." Mario Götze, the scorer of the winning goal at Maracana, was left out of the squad for the spring friendlies after a dip in form while his Dortmund team-mate and World Cup final goal-provider Andre Schürrle, finally free of knee and achilles injuries, has impressed Löw sufficiently to reassure him that he still has a chance but has yet to earn a call-up. Mexico Giovani Dos Santos should be back for LA Galaxy by the end of April after his hamstring injury in early March and will resume his place in Mexico's midfield alongside Porto captain Hector Herrera who travelled with the national team for the spring double header against Iceland and Croatia but was sent back to his club for treatment because of an unspecified muscle injury. Starting central defender Carlos Salcedeo broke his collarbone during the defeat by Croatia and had surgery to have it pinned but is expected to return for Eintracht Frankfurt just before the end of the season. Another key defender, Nestor Araujo who plays for Santos Laguna, was also injured in the same match and has had keyhole surgery to repair meniscus damage. He, too, is expected to make a first-team comeback before the squad deadline of May 14. South Korea Shin Tae-yong's greatest concern last month as he prepares for his first tournament since moving up from U-20 manager to secure qualification centred not on fitness but the fatigue of Son Heung-min after a long season and a gruelling buil-up to it. "For most Europe-based players, they are used to getting in shape in August before the new season starts. I'm really worried that Son's form might go down from May, with his concentration waning and him becoming physically exhausted," he said. Former Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-gook, a member of the France 98 squad at the age of 18, harbours hopes of a place after a recall last September for the final qualifier against Uzbekistan but he has not been picked since. The sitter he missed against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup haunted him for years but most supporters seem to have forgiven him and would welcome the selection of the K-League's highest scorer. Sweden It would be unfair for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who played no part in qualification having retired after Euro 2016, to overshadow the preparations of the squad in making it to Russia but his possible return, despite his controversial link-up with a betting firm that would seem to preclude him being recalled under Fifa regulations, is dominating their build-up. "Just as with the national team, if I want to play, I’ll play," he said. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not ruled out a comeback Credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong “This is not a question for Fifa, it’s a question for me and what I want.” Janne Andersson has no injury worries with a month to go but the inexperience of all his goalkeepers must be a cause of some disquiet. Robin Olsen performed heroically against Italy in the second leg of the play-off but he has only 16 caps and the manager has tried several alternatives in pursuit of an undisputed No1. Group G Belgium Michy Batshuayi, having scored nine goals in 14 games during a terrific loan spell at Dortmund, left the field on a stretcher on April 15 after sustaining an ankle injury during the derby defeat by Schalke that has ended his season but not his World Cup chances even if they are now very slim indeed. Vincent Kompany's return to form and fitness has removed Roberto Martínez's most long-standing doubt though Christian Benteke's travails in front of goal for Crystal Palace had put his chances of a squad place as a back-up to Romelu Lukaku at serious risk until Batshuayi's injury. Nacer Chadli has missed West Brom's doomed 'fight' against relegation since December with hip and thigh injuries but Albion report that he is ready to return on April 21 after an impressive showing in training. Thibaut Courtois has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the spring friendlies and Chelsea's defeat by Spurs for whom Toby Alderweireld remains on the peripheries, which must be a worry for Martínez. England Liverpool pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez miss the tournament through injury but team-mate Nathaniel Clyne is making gradual returns to first-team football and may be a late contender for a squad place. Phil Jones has suffered recurrent hamstring injuries this season and, although he is now fit while Jack Wilshere, who withdrew from the spring squads, remains an outsider as does Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has returned to Palace's side after three months out with an ankle injury and knee pain. Adam Lallana has endured a desperate run with injuries Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Nathaniel Chalobah joined the England squad in March to continue his rehabilitation from a fractured knee-cap but is unlikely to play for Watford before the season's end while Daniel Sturridge was out for two months with a hamstring injury that has turned his loan move to West Bromwich into an exorbitant farce. Adam Lallana has gone to South Africa for rehab therapy on his injured hamstring and Gareth Southgate is understood to be willing to give him until May 13 to prove he can make it but that has to be a serious doubt after a couple of injury-wrecked seasons. Panama The World Cup finals debutants have no injuries to report and Hernán Darío Gómez has a full-strength squad of relatively unknown but remarkably experienced players - the 24 men picked for the spring friendlies averaged 59 caps each - ready for Russia. Tunisia Tunisia have suffered the worst blow of all 32 teams to date, losing their playmaker Youssef Msakni, who suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury on April 7 that will keep him out for at least six months. The attacking midfielder, who has 49 caps, tore an anterior ligament playing for his Qatar Stars League club, Al-Duhail, against Al-Sailiya. Nabil Maloul, Tunisia's manager, was asked in March what Msakni's absence would mean when the player could not feature in the spring friendlies because of a minor meniscus problem that required 10 days' rest, he said it would be like Argentina going to Russia without Lionel Messi. Group H Colombia Juan Cuadrado gave Jose Pekerman a scare by injuring his groin back in January and the initial prognosis, that he would be out for at least three months after surgery, possibly six, was discouraging. But the winger made his return for Juventus ahead of schedule last month while Sampdoria's Duvan Zapata, who missed their match with Cagliari on April 28, should also make it back before the end of the season. Japan Turmoil at management level - Akira Nishino replaced Vahid Halilhodzic at the beginning of April - contrasts with relative serenity over options for selection. Second-choice keeper, Masaaki Higashiguchi, fractured his cheekbone on April 21 but is likely to make the World Cup 23 even if he has to play in a face mask for precautionary reasons. Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai was ruled out for three weeks in April with a medial collateral ligament strain in his left knee and misses both legs of their Europa League semifinal against Red Bull Salzburg but is confident of recovering in time to participate in Russia. World Cup 2018 venues Poland Veteran midfielder, the live blogger's friend Jakub Blaszczykowski, made his first start for Hamburg since February on April 28 and should be fit to make a squad that has no major current concerns about its key components. Artur Boruc, who had 60 caps, announced his international retirement last year bur had long since taken the role of third banana behind Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny. Senegal Monaco's fiery forward Keita Balde has been out since April 7 with a hamstring injury but should be back for the St Etienne game on May 12.The principal worry for Aliou Cisse concered his centre-back and vice-captain Kara Mbodji, who has not played since before Christmas following knee surgery for an injury he picked up playing for Anderlecht. After thrice-daily rehab sessions, Kara says he hopes to be involved for their final league game against Club Brugge on May 6.
Each of the 31 qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup plus the hosts will name their provisional 35 man squads for the tournament by the deadline on May 14, exactly a month before the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. They will then have until June 4 to cull the numbers down to 23. Those who do not make the cut are likely to be placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about who is available and who is struggling to make it. Group A Egypt No significant injury worries for Héctor Cúper, not even over the 45-year-old goalkeeper and captain Essam El-Hadary who is firmly on course to become the oldest player in finals history. There are wider concerns over the form of West Brom's shell-shocked Ahmed Hegazi but it is countered by Mohamed Salah's during his outstanding debut season at Liverpool. Russia Stanislav Cherchisov has been tasked with taking the hosts to the last four at least, which will be difficult given their results in a very taxing build-up programme - defeated by Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and France. Aleksandr Kokorin, the 27-year-old Zenit winger who scored Russia's goal in the draw with Algeria during the 2014 tournament, is all but certain to miss the World Cup having damaged his ACL in mid March. Igor Denisov, the Lokomotiv defensive midfielder and Russia captain under Fabio Capello, fell out with Cherchisov years ago at Dynamo Moscow and the manager has refused to pick him while arguments between Cherchisov and the 6ft 5in striker Artem Dzyuba threaten his involvement. CSKA twins Aleksei and Vasily Berezutski retired after Euro 2016 and have refused the manager's entreaties to return to the squad at the age of 35 following the serious knee injuries suffered by Viktor Vasin and Georgi Dzhikiya. Saudi Arabia The only team at the tournament ranked lower than the hosts, it's a fortuitous coincidence for Russia that they were drawn out to play the curtain-raiser. A resounding defeat by Belgium in March was forgivable but their 4-1 loss inIraq the month before has provoked understandable disquiet. Decisions to send the midfielders Yahya Al-Shehri, Salem Al-Dawsari and Fahad Al-Muwallad on loan to Leganes, Villarreal and Levante respectively in January has backfired. None of the national team stalwarts had played a minute of Liga football by the end of March 2018. Uruguay Oscar Tabárez's team looks as powerful as ever, built around the relentless, uncompromising defensive work of Diego Godín, the attacking prowess of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez supplied by Gastón Ramírez and now with the young, athletic Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur to add drive to the usual steel. Veteran defender Martín Cáceres has a calf injury that had restricted him to only one appearance by the end of March following his transfer from Verona after that dreadful year at Southampton and remains the major doubt. World Cup predictor Group B Iran Ashkan Dejagah, a Bundesliga title-winner with Wolfsburg and fondly remembered by Fulham fans who elected him player of the year in 2013-14, returned to England with Nottingham Forest as a free agent in January but suffered a knee injury the following month that will keep him out until the end of April. The 31-year-old midfielder, who played all three group matches in Brazil four years ago, is Carlos Queiroz's only significant injury worry. Captain Masoud Shojaei has returned to the squad after seven months and has so far overcome opposition from the deputy sports minister and another parliamentarian for playing for Panionios against Maccabi Tel Aviv in a Europa League qualifier. A national team life ban for playing against a representative of a state Iran does not recognise had been proposed but Queiroz ignored the calls. Morocco The African Nations champions qualified without conceding a goal and three-quarters of the defence that earned them their enviable record - Nabil Dirar, Mehdi Benatia and Romain Saiss - are all fit and in impressive form. The versatile Real Madrid prodigy, Achraf Hakimi, however, was withdrawn from the squad for the March friendlies when injured on the first day of training and is likely to miss a few weeks while the midfielder Ait Bennasser, who hurt his thigh while playing for Caen against Angers in March, is not expected to be back on contention until the beginning of May at the earliest. Zouhair Feddal, who plays at left-back for Real Betis, ruptured his Achilles in February and, barring a miracle, will miss the World Cup. England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked Portugal Renato Sanches, who was so sensational at Euro 2016 that Bayern Munich agreed a deal to sign the teenage midfielder that committed them to spending as much as £72m for him, has endured a wretched run of form and fitness ever since. His latest hamstring injury while on loan at Swansea has kept him sidelined since mid January and the Premier League club sent him back to Munich at the end of March for treatment, admitting he might not return. But, to much surprise, he returned to the matchday squad for the visit of Chelsea on April 28 but didn't get on in the 1-0 defeat. Major concerns persist over the durability of the veteran central defenders - Jose Fonte and Bruno Silva, 34 and 36 respectively - who are currently fit but have had lengthy lay-offs in recent months while the 35-year-old Pepe is nursing a broken toe. Spain No significant injury concerns so far for Julen Lopetegui but the form of Alvaro Morata at Chelsea has been a worry and led to him being left out of the squad for the spring friendlies. Diego Costa, in the rudest of health and spirit at Atlético Madrid, should lead the line which may make a romantic recall for Spain's top-scorer, New York City's David Villa, at the age of 36 far more remote than it seemed last autumn. Cesc Fabregas and Bayern Munich's Javi Martínez have been notable omissions from Lopetegui's squads ever since he took over from Vicente del Bosque in 2016 and while neither are resigned to missing out, recalls at this late stage are extremely unlikely. Group C Australia Bert van Marwijk, appointed in January on a seven-month contract, recalled the goalkeeper Brad Jones after four years out of international football in his first squad and the former Liverpool reserve, now with Feyenoord, has a good chance of making it to Russia in place of Adam Federici, the Bournemouth back-up, who has not played for 15 months after suffering back-to-back knee injuries. Matthew Spiranovic, a free agent since his release by Zhejiang Greentown in February, will pay the price for not heeding former manager Ange Postecoglou who repeatedly warned him that playing in the Chinese second division was not adequate preparation for a World Cup place. Melbourne Victory centre-half Rhys Williams, hoping to make his first World Cup after injury ruled him out of South Africa and Brazil, tore his calf on April 29 and looks like making it third time unlucky. Kaiserslautern's Brandon Borrello ruptured his ACL during a training session in the last week of April and has no chance of making it. Denmark Chelsea's Andreas Christensen and Brentford's Henrik Dalsgaard were sent home early from the squads for the spring friendlies, the former because of 'exhaustion' and the latter excused to spend some time with his newborn daughter. Both have been told that they are certainties for Age Hareide's 23.Central defender Andreas Bjelland has been troubled by an achilles injury but has returned to the Brentford squad while Lasse Vibe, who left Griffin Park in February for the Chinese Super League's Changchun Yatai, is running out of time to prove his fitness and sharpness after heel and hamstring injuries blighted the first half of his season. World Cup 2018 stadiums France Laurent Koscielny will miss the tournament after rupturing his achilles tendon in Arsenal's Europa League semi-final, second leg against Atletico Madrid. Benjamin Mendy has been out since September with a cruciate ligament injury but has been training with Manchester City's first-team squad since the beginning of March and should be back before the end of the season. If the left-back makes it he may go straight into the starting XI given Layvin Kurzawa's recent loss of form at PSG. Florian Thauvin, who has gone from zero to hero on his return from Newcastle to Marseille, should overcome a hamstring injury to make it but squad stalwarts Alexandre Lacazette, Moussa Sissoko and Dimitri Payet may all miss out after disappointing domestic seasons. Djibril Sidibe has injured the meniscus in his right knee and will miss the end of Monaco's season but the right-back hopes to be back in time to make Didier Deschamps' XXIII. Peru First-choice goalkeeper Pedro Gallese had knee surgery to correct a meniscus problem last February and though he is behind schedule to return for his Mexican league club Veracruz, remains confident that he will be ready for the friendly against Scotland on May 29. Veteran striker and captain Paolo Guerrero is currently serving a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine and other banned drugs following Peru's draw with Argentina last October. Peru will bring their famous kit to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images His suspension, reduced on appeal, ends on May 3 but his second appeal will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport before then as he continues to maintain he was the victim of contaminated food. Group D Argentina Ramiro Funes Mori's return to Everton's bench on the last day of March after more than a year out with a knee injury is a fillip to Jorge Sampaoli and his creaking defence. Roma winger Diego Perotti should return from a calf strain by the middle of April but Boca Juniors' playmaker Fernando Gago and centre-forward Dario Benedetto have been ruled out by their club who hope to have them back for pre-season training though neither severe knee-injury victim has given up hope of 11th-hour breakthroughs in their recovery regimes. World Cup Russian host cities you've never heard of Croatia Veterans Danijel Subasic, Dejan Lovren, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Nikola Kalinic and Mario Mandzukic all withdrew from last month's two-match tour to the United States to conserve their energies but they are fit and certainties for the squad barring any late setbacks. Ante Rebic, the Eintracht Frankfurt winger, and Fiorentina's defensive midfielder Milan Baldelj have missed games in April with a torn calf and rib injuries respectively but are due back before the end of the month and should take their places in Zlatko Dalic's 23. Iceland The medial ligament injury Gylfi Sigurdsson sustained in his right knee when playing for Everton against Brighton at the beginning of March was expected to end his domestic season while keeping a glimmer of hope alive that he would be fit for Russia. Sam Allardyce said he would personally deliver a 'b---------' to the employee who released a statement saying he was out for eight weeks and countered it by suggesting that the playmaker was a quick healer and may be back before May which gives Heimir Hallgrimsson grounds for optimism. Alfreð Finnbogason, the Augsburg centre-forward, who has been out since the end of January with a calf injury, is expected to make his comeback in mid April. Nigeria Wilfred Ndidi will miss the end of Leicester' season with a hamstring damaged during their walloping by Crystal Palace on April 28. His team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho broke his hand while playing for the Super Eagles during their defeat by Serbia last month but returned to bench duty for Leicester after missing only one Premier League game. Henry Onyekuru, the Everton forward who is spending 2017-18 on loan at Anderlecht, underwent knee ligament surgery in December but insisted he would be in contention to make the squad. On April 2 he returned to first-team training and says he will be ready to play and add to his nine league goals in 19 appearances before the month is out. Group E Brazil Neymar's metatarsal injury on Feb 25 threatened to turn into another bout of national self-flagellation and despondency but the initial prognosis that he would be out for 12 weeks still gives him time to recover and subsequent revisions of his estimated absence that have shaved four weeks off his return date should allow him to find some sharpness, too. Philippe Coutinho's ropey form since moving to Barcelona will not discourage Tite, who will use the Anfield friendly against Croatia at the start of June to reacquaint him with his best days alongside familiar faces in familiar surroundings. Filipe Luis, the Atlético left-back and back-up to Marcelo, fractured his fibula in mid-March but is hopeful of returning should Diego Simeone's team qualify for the Europa League final. Tite has never had much time for David Luiz's qualities and though the centre-back, whose knee injury has kept him out of Chelsea's squad since the middle of February, is striving to put himself in contention, his quest will probably be in vain. Costa Rica Joel Campbell, remarkably still an Arsenal player, injured his ankle while playing on loan for Real Betis at the end of October and has not played since. The forward reported that he was fit at the end of February and has returned to full training so seems likely to make the cut for the squad even if he will be woefully lacking match fitness, not that it did Paolo Rossi much harm in 1982 nor Marco van Basten at Euro 88. New York City left-back Ronald Matarrita has a hamstring injury that has hampered his preparations and Portland Timbers' defensive midfielder David Guzman has missed the past fortnight with a sprained knee sustained on international duty. The state of Neymar's health has become a Brazilian obsession Credit: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Switzerland Vladimir Petkovic expects Udinese's Valon Behrami to recover from his shoulder injury in a couple of weeks and has no other pressing concerns. Eren Derdiyok. Admir Mehmedi and Xherdan Shaqiri all sat out the recent friendlies (a 1-0 victory over Greece and a 6-0 thrashing of Panama) but should make the final squad when it is announced on May 14. Serbia Matija Nastasic damaged knee ligaments on April 12 playing for Schalke and the best prognosis for the centre-half is a six-week recuperation. Mladen Krstajic, a fine defender for Partizan, Werder Bremen, Schalke and the national team but a rookie coach appointed to this, his first job, only last December, has all his core players fit and only Benfica's Ljubomir Fejsa, the defensive midfielder who has won 10 successive league titles across three countries, suffering from recurring but minor, niggling problems. Fejsa has not played for Serbia since 2016 and would be a back-up only to Nemanja Matic and Luka Milivojevic if he makes the squad but would be a contender for tattoo of the tournament for the chest tableau that commemorates his return from serious injury while playing for Partizan and his later triumphs with Olympiakos and Benfica. ...⚽️❗️....done✔️ #f5 #justdone #stillfresh Obrigado Mareeee���� @maretattoo A post shared by Fejsa Ljubomir & Suzana (@fejsa5) on Mar 25, 2018 at 1:42pm PDT Group F Germany Borussia Monchengladbach's Lars Stindl is out with an ankle injury but Manuel Neuer returned to full goalkeeper training on April 5 after six months out having fractured a metatarsal in his left foot for the third time in a year and undergone surgery to insert a plate to protect the bone. The Bayern Munich and Germany captain has manged only three Bundesliga appearances this season yet, although Joachim Löw has benefited from his absence by exploiting it to give Marc-Andre Ter Stegen valuable international experience, the world champions will go to the wire to include Neuer. Jerome Boateng, though, is a serious doubt after injuring his knee during the first leg of Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. Boateng was injured during Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid Credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images Marco Reus, who missed the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 with ankle and groin injuries, made his comeback from cruciate ligament surgery in February after eight months out and Borussia Dortmund have nursed his return, allowing him time off to recover from soreness, over the past few weeks. "With Marco," said Löw, "it's important to us that he is brought to the top level carefully and without further pressure and that he gains in stability." Mario Götze, the scorer of the winning goal at Maracana, was left out of the squad for the spring friendlies after a dip in form while his Dortmund team-mate and World Cup final goal-provider Andre Schürrle, finally free of knee and achilles injuries, has impressed Löw sufficiently to reassure him that he still has a chance but has yet to earn a call-up. Mexico Giovani Dos Santos should be back for LA Galaxy by the end of April after his hamstring injury in early March and will resume his place in Mexico's midfield alongside Porto captain Hector Herrera who travelled with the national team for the spring double header against Iceland and Croatia but was sent back to his club for treatment because of an unspecified muscle injury. Starting central defender Carlos Salcedeo broke his collarbone during the defeat by Croatia and had surgery to have it pinned but is expected to return for Eintracht Frankfurt just before the end of the season. Another key defender, Nestor Araujo who plays for Santos Laguna, was also injured in the same match and has had keyhole surgery to repair meniscus damage. He, too, is expected to make a first-team comeback before the squad deadline of May 14. South Korea Shin Tae-yong's greatest concern last month as he prepares for his first tournament since moving up from U-20 manager to secure qualification centred not on fitness but the fatigue of Son Heung-min after a long season and a gruelling buil-up to it. "For most Europe-based players, they are used to getting in shape in August before the new season starts. I'm really worried that Son's form might go down from May, with his concentration waning and him becoming physically exhausted," he said. Former Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-gook, a member of the France 98 squad at the age of 18, harbours hopes of a place after a recall last September for the final qualifier against Uzbekistan but he has not been picked since. The sitter he missed against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup haunted him for years but most supporters seem to have forgiven him and would welcome the selection of the K-League's highest scorer. Sweden It would be unfair for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who played no part in qualification having retired after Euro 2016, to overshadow the preparations of the squad in making it to Russia but his possible return, despite his controversial link-up with a betting firm that would seem to preclude him being recalled under Fifa regulations, is dominating their build-up. "Just as with the national team, if I want to play, I’ll play," he said. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not ruled out a comeback Credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong “This is not a question for Fifa, it’s a question for me and what I want.” Janne Andersson has no injury worries with a month to go but the inexperience of all his goalkeepers must be a cause of some disquiet. Robin Olsen performed heroically against Italy in the second leg of the play-off but he has only 16 caps and the manager has tried several alternatives in pursuit of an undisputed No1. Group G Belgium Michy Batshuayi, having scored nine goals in 14 games during a terrific loan spell at Dortmund, left the field on a stretcher on April 15 after sustaining an ankle injury during the derby defeat by Schalke that has ended his season but not his World Cup chances even if they are now very slim indeed. Vincent Kompany's return to form and fitness has removed Roberto Martínez's most long-standing doubt though Christian Benteke's travails in front of goal for Crystal Palace had put his chances of a squad place as a back-up to Romelu Lukaku at serious risk until Batshuayi's injury. Nacer Chadli has missed West Brom's doomed 'fight' against relegation since December with hip and thigh injuries but Albion report that he is ready to return on April 21 after an impressive showing in training. Thibaut Courtois has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the spring friendlies and Chelsea's defeat by Spurs for whom Toby Alderweireld remains on the peripheries, which must be a worry for Martínez. England Liverpool pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez miss the tournament through injury but team-mate Nathaniel Clyne is making gradual returns to first-team football and may be a late contender for a squad place. Phil Jones has suffered recurrent hamstring injuries this season and, although he is now fit while Jack Wilshere, who withdrew from the spring squads, remains an outsider as does Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has returned to Palace's side after three months out with an ankle injury and knee pain. Adam Lallana has endured a desperate run with injuries Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Nathaniel Chalobah joined the England squad in March to continue his rehabilitation from a fractured knee-cap but is unlikely to play for Watford before the season's end while Daniel Sturridge was out for two months with a hamstring injury that has turned his loan move to West Bromwich into an exorbitant farce. Adam Lallana has gone to South Africa for rehab therapy on his injured hamstring and Gareth Southgate is understood to be willing to give him until May 13 to prove he can make it but that has to be a serious doubt after a couple of injury-wrecked seasons. Panama The World Cup finals debutants have no injuries to report and Hernán Darío Gómez has a full-strength squad of relatively unknown but remarkably experienced players - the 24 men picked for the spring friendlies averaged 59 caps each - ready for Russia. Tunisia Tunisia have suffered the worst blow of all 32 teams to date, losing their playmaker Youssef Msakni, who suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury on April 7 that will keep him out for at least six months. The attacking midfielder, who has 49 caps, tore an anterior ligament playing for his Qatar Stars League club, Al-Duhail, against Al-Sailiya. Nabil Maloul, Tunisia's manager, was asked in March what Msakni's absence would mean when the player could not feature in the spring friendlies because of a minor meniscus problem that required 10 days' rest, he said it would be like Argentina going to Russia without Lionel Messi. Group H Colombia Juan Cuadrado gave Jose Pekerman a scare by injuring his groin back in January and the initial prognosis, that he would be out for at least three months after surgery, possibly six, was discouraging. But the winger made his return for Juventus ahead of schedule last month while Sampdoria's Duvan Zapata, who missed their match with Cagliari on April 28, should also make it back before the end of the season. Japan Turmoil at management level - Akira Nishino replaced Vahid Halilhodzic at the beginning of April - contrasts with relative serenity over options for selection. Second-choice keeper, Masaaki Higashiguchi, fractured his cheekbone on April 21 but is likely to make the World Cup 23 even if he has to play in a face mask for precautionary reasons. Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai was ruled out for three weeks in April with a medial collateral ligament strain in his left knee and misses both legs of their Europa League semifinal against Red Bull Salzburg but is confident of recovering in time to participate in Russia. World Cup 2018 venues Poland Veteran midfielder, the live blogger's friend Jakub Blaszczykowski, made his first start for Hamburg since February on April 28 and should be fit to make a squad that has no major current concerns about its key components. Artur Boruc, who had 60 caps, announced his international retirement last year bur had long since taken the role of third banana behind Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny. Senegal Monaco's fiery forward Keita Balde has been out since April 7 with a hamstring injury but should be back for the St Etienne game on May 12.The principal worry for Aliou Cisse concered his centre-back and vice-captain Kara Mbodji, who has not played since before Christmas following knee surgery for an injury he picked up playing for Anderlecht. After thrice-daily rehab sessions, Kara says he hopes to be involved for their final league game against Club Brugge on May 6.
World Cup 2018 squad guide: Latest group news and updates
Each of the 31 qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup plus the hosts will name their provisional 35 man squads for the tournament by the deadline on May 14, exactly a month before the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. They will then have until June 4 to cull the numbers down to 23. Those who do not make the cut are likely to be placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about who is available and who is struggling to make it. Group A Egypt No significant injury worries for Héctor Cúper, not even over the 45-year-old goalkeeper and captain Essam El-Hadary who is firmly on course to become the oldest player in finals history. There are wider concerns over the form of West Brom's shell-shocked Ahmed Hegazi but it is countered by Mohamed Salah's during his outstanding debut season at Liverpool. Russia Stanislav Cherchisov has been tasked with taking the hosts to the last four at least, which will be difficult given their results in a very taxing build-up programme - defeated by Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and France. Aleksandr Kokorin, the 27-year-old Zenit winger who scored Russia's goal in the draw with Algeria during the 2014 tournament, is all but certain to miss the World Cup having damaged his ACL in mid March. Igor Denisov, the Lokomotiv defensive midfielder and Russia captain under Fabio Capello, fell out with Cherchisov years ago at Dynamo Moscow and the manager has refused to pick him while arguments between Cherchisov and the 6ft 5in striker Artem Dzyuba threaten his involvement. CSKA twins Aleksei and Vasily Berezutski retired after Euro 2016 and have refused the manager's entreaties to return to the squad at the age of 35 following the serious knee injuries suffered by Viktor Vasin and Georgi Dzhikiya. Saudi Arabia The only team at the tournament ranked lower than the hosts, it's a fortuitous coincidence for Russia that they were drawn out to play the curtain-raiser. A resounding defeat by Belgium in March was forgivable but their 4-1 loss inIraq the month before has provoked understandable disquiet. Decisions to send the midfielders Yahya Al-Shehri, Salem Al-Dawsari and Fahad Al-Muwallad on loan to Leganes, Villarreal and Levante respectively in January has backfired. None of the national team stalwarts had played a minute of Liga football by the end of March 2018. Uruguay Oscar Tabárez's team looks as powerful as ever, built around the relentless, uncompromising defensive work of Diego Godín, the attacking prowess of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez supplied by Gastón Ramírez and now with the young, athletic Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur to add drive to the usual steel. Veteran defender Martín Cáceres has a calf injury that had restricted him to only one appearance by the end of March following his transfer from Verona after that dreadful year at Southampton and remains the major doubt. World Cup predictor Group B Iran Ashkan Dejagah, a Bundesliga title-winner with Wolfsburg and fondly remembered by Fulham fans who elected him player of the year in 2013-14, returned to England with Nottingham Forest as a free agent in January but suffered a knee injury the following month that will keep him out until the end of April. The 31-year-old midfielder, who played all three group matches in Brazil four years ago, is Carlos Queiroz's only significant injury worry. Captain Masoud Shojaei has returned to the squad after seven months and has so far overcome opposition from the deputy sports minister and another parliamentarian for playing for Panionios against Maccabi Tel Aviv in a Europa League qualifier. A national team life ban for playing against a representative of a state Iran does not recognise had been proposed but Queiroz ignored the calls. Morocco The African Nations champions qualified without conceding a goal and three-quarters of the defence that earned them their enviable record - Nabil Dirar, Mehdi Benatia and Romain Saiss - are all fit and in impressive form. The versatile Real Madrid prodigy, Achraf Hakimi, however, was withdrawn from the squad for the March friendlies when injured on the first day of training and is likely to miss a few weeks while the midfielder Ait Bennasser, who hurt his thigh while playing for Caen against Angers in March, is not expected to be back on contention until the beginning of May at the earliest. Zouhair Feddal, who plays at left-back for Real Betis, ruptured his Achilles in February and, barring a miracle, will miss the World Cup. England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked Portugal Renato Sanches, who was so sensational at Euro 2016 that Bayern Munich agreed a deal to sign the teenage midfielder that committed them to spending as much as £72m for him, has endured a wretched run of form and fitness ever since. His latest hamstring injury while on loan at Swansea has kept him sidelined since mid January and the Premier League club sent him back to Munich at the end of March for treatment, admitting he might not return. But, to much surprise, he returned to the matchday squad for the visit of Chelsea on April 28 but didn't get on in the 1-0 defeat. Major concerns persist over the durability of the veteran central defenders - Jose Fonte and Bruno Silva, 34 and 36 respectively - who are currently fit but have had lengthy lay-offs in recent months while the 35-year-old Pepe is nursing a broken toe. Spain No significant injury concerns so far for Julen Lopetegui but the form of Alvaro Morata at Chelsea has been a worry and led to him being left out of the squad for the spring friendlies. Diego Costa, in the rudest of health and spirit at Atlético Madrid, should lead the line which may make a romantic recall for Spain's top-scorer, New York City's David Villa, at the age of 36 far more remote than it seemed last autumn. Cesc Fabregas and Bayern Munich's Javi Martínez have been notable omissions from Lopetegui's squads ever since he took over from Vicente del Bosque in 2016 and while neither are resigned to missing out, recalls at this late stage are extremely unlikely. Group C Australia Bert van Marwijk, appointed in January on a seven-month contract, recalled the goalkeeper Brad Jones after four years out of international football in his first squad and the former Liverpool reserve, now with Feyenoord, has a good chance of making it to Russia in place of Adam Federici, the Bournemouth back-up, who has not played for 15 months after suffering back-to-back knee injuries. Matthew Spiranovic, a free agent since his release by Zhejiang Greentown in February, will pay the price for not heeding former manager Ange Postecoglou who repeatedly warned him that playing in the Chinese second division was not adequate preparation for a World Cup place. Melbourne Victory centre-half Rhys Williams, hoping to make his first World Cup after injury ruled him out of South Africa and Brazil, tore his calf on April 29 and looks like making it third time unlucky. Kaiserslautern's Brandon Borrello ruptured his ACL during a training session in the last week of April and has no chance of making it. Denmark Chelsea's Andreas Christensen and Brentford's Henrik Dalsgaard were sent home early from the squads for the spring friendlies, the former because of 'exhaustion' and the latter excused to spend some time with his newborn daughter. Both have been told that they are certainties for Age Hareide's 23.Central defender Andreas Bjelland has been troubled by an achilles injury but has returned to the Brentford squad while Lasse Vibe, who left Griffin Park in February for the Chinese Super League's Changchun Yatai, is running out of time to prove his fitness and sharpness after heel and hamstring injuries blighted the first half of his season. World Cup 2018 stadiums France Laurent Koscielny will miss the tournament after rupturing his achilles tendon in Arsenal's Europa League semi-final, second leg against Atletico Madrid. Benjamin Mendy has been out since September with a cruciate ligament injury but has been training with Manchester City's first-team squad since the beginning of March and should be back before the end of the season. If the left-back makes it he may go straight into the starting XI given Layvin Kurzawa's recent loss of form at PSG. Florian Thauvin, who has gone from zero to hero on his return from Newcastle to Marseille, should overcome a hamstring injury to make it but squad stalwarts Alexandre Lacazette, Moussa Sissoko and Dimitri Payet may all miss out after disappointing domestic seasons. Djibril Sidibe has injured the meniscus in his right knee and will miss the end of Monaco's season but the right-back hopes to be back in time to make Didier Deschamps' XXIII. Peru First-choice goalkeeper Pedro Gallese had knee surgery to correct a meniscus problem last February and though he is behind schedule to return for his Mexican league club Veracruz, remains confident that he will be ready for the friendly against Scotland on May 29. Veteran striker and captain Paolo Guerrero is currently serving a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine and other banned drugs following Peru's draw with Argentina last October. Peru will bring their famous kit to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images His suspension, reduced on appeal, ends on May 3 but his second appeal will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport before then as he continues to maintain he was the victim of contaminated food. Group D Argentina Ramiro Funes Mori's return to Everton's bench on the last day of March after more than a year out with a knee injury is a fillip to Jorge Sampaoli and his creaking defence. Roma winger Diego Perotti should return from a calf strain by the middle of April but Boca Juniors' playmaker Fernando Gago and centre-forward Dario Benedetto have been ruled out by their club who hope to have them back for pre-season training though neither severe knee-injury victim has given up hope of 11th-hour breakthroughs in their recovery regimes. World Cup Russian host cities you've never heard of Croatia Veterans Danijel Subasic, Dejan Lovren, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Nikola Kalinic and Mario Mandzukic all withdrew from last month's two-match tour to the United States to conserve their energies but they are fit and certainties for the squad barring any late setbacks. Ante Rebic, the Eintracht Frankfurt winger, and Fiorentina's defensive midfielder Milan Baldelj have missed games in April with a torn calf and rib injuries respectively but are due back before the end of the month and should take their places in Zlatko Dalic's 23. Iceland The medial ligament injury Gylfi Sigurdsson sustained in his right knee when playing for Everton against Brighton at the beginning of March was expected to end his domestic season while keeping a glimmer of hope alive that he would be fit for Russia. Sam Allardyce said he would personally deliver a 'b---------' to the employee who released a statement saying he was out for eight weeks and countered it by suggesting that the playmaker was a quick healer and may be back before May which gives Heimir Hallgrimsson grounds for optimism. Alfreð Finnbogason, the Augsburg centre-forward, who has been out since the end of January with a calf injury, is expected to make his comeback in mid April. Nigeria Wilfred Ndidi will miss the end of Leicester' season with a hamstring damaged during their walloping by Crystal Palace on April 28. His team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho broke his hand while playing for the Super Eagles during their defeat by Serbia last month but returned to bench duty for Leicester after missing only one Premier League game. Henry Onyekuru, the Everton forward who is spending 2017-18 on loan at Anderlecht, underwent knee ligament surgery in December but insisted he would be in contention to make the squad. On April 2 he returned to first-team training and says he will be ready to play and add to his nine league goals in 19 appearances before the month is out. Group E Brazil Neymar's metatarsal injury on Feb 25 threatened to turn into another bout of national self-flagellation and despondency but the initial prognosis that he would be out for 12 weeks still gives him time to recover and subsequent revisions of his estimated absence that have shaved four weeks off his return date should allow him to find some sharpness, too. Philippe Coutinho's ropey form since moving to Barcelona will not discourage Tite, who will use the Anfield friendly against Croatia at the start of June to reacquaint him with his best days alongside familiar faces in familiar surroundings. Filipe Luis, the Atlético left-back and back-up to Marcelo, fractured his fibula in mid-March but is hopeful of returning should Diego Simeone's team qualify for the Europa League final. Tite has never had much time for David Luiz's qualities and though the centre-back, whose knee injury has kept him out of Chelsea's squad since the middle of February, is striving to put himself in contention, his quest will probably be in vain. Costa Rica Joel Campbell, remarkably still an Arsenal player, injured his ankle while playing on loan for Real Betis at the end of October and has not played since. The forward reported that he was fit at the end of February and has returned to full training so seems likely to make the cut for the squad even if he will be woefully lacking match fitness, not that it did Paolo Rossi much harm in 1982 nor Marco van Basten at Euro 88. New York City left-back Ronald Matarrita has a hamstring injury that has hampered his preparations and Portland Timbers' defensive midfielder David Guzman has missed the past fortnight with a sprained knee sustained on international duty. The state of Neymar's health has become a Brazilian obsession Credit: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Switzerland Vladimir Petkovic expects Udinese's Valon Behrami to recover from his shoulder injury in a couple of weeks and has no other pressing concerns. Eren Derdiyok. Admir Mehmedi and Xherdan Shaqiri all sat out the recent friendlies (a 1-0 victory over Greece and a 6-0 thrashing of Panama) but should make the final squad when it is announced on May 14. Serbia Matija Nastasic damaged knee ligaments on April 12 playing for Schalke and the best prognosis for the centre-half is a six-week recuperation. Mladen Krstajic, a fine defender for Partizan, Werder Bremen, Schalke and the national team but a rookie coach appointed to this, his first job, only last December, has all his core players fit and only Benfica's Ljubomir Fejsa, the defensive midfielder who has won 10 successive league titles across three countries, suffering from recurring but minor, niggling problems. Fejsa has not played for Serbia since 2016 and would be a back-up only to Nemanja Matic and Luka Milivojevic if he makes the squad but would be a contender for tattoo of the tournament for the chest tableau that commemorates his return from serious injury while playing for Partizan and his later triumphs with Olympiakos and Benfica. ...⚽️❗️....done✔️ #f5 #justdone #stillfresh Obrigado Mareeee���� @maretattoo A post shared by Fejsa Ljubomir & Suzana (@fejsa5) on Mar 25, 2018 at 1:42pm PDT Group F Germany Borussia Monchengladbach's Lars Stindl is out with an ankle injury but Manuel Neuer returned to full goalkeeper training on April 5 after six months out having fractured a metatarsal in his left foot for the third time in a year and undergone surgery to insert a plate to protect the bone. The Bayern Munich and Germany captain has manged only three Bundesliga appearances this season yet, although Joachim Löw has benefited from his absence by exploiting it to give Marc-Andre Ter Stegen valuable international experience, the world champions will go to the wire to include Neuer. Jerome Boateng, though, is a serious doubt after injuring his knee during the first leg of Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. Boateng was injured during Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid Credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images Marco Reus, who missed the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 with ankle and groin injuries, made his comeback from cruciate ligament surgery in February after eight months out and Borussia Dortmund have nursed his return, allowing him time off to recover from soreness, over the past few weeks. "With Marco," said Löw, "it's important to us that he is brought to the top level carefully and without further pressure and that he gains in stability." Mario Götze, the scorer of the winning goal at Maracana, was left out of the squad for the spring friendlies after a dip in form while his Dortmund team-mate and World Cup final goal-provider Andre Schürrle, finally free of knee and achilles injuries, has impressed Löw sufficiently to reassure him that he still has a chance but has yet to earn a call-up. Mexico Giovani Dos Santos should be back for LA Galaxy by the end of April after his hamstring injury in early March and will resume his place in Mexico's midfield alongside Porto captain Hector Herrera who travelled with the national team for the spring double header against Iceland and Croatia but was sent back to his club for treatment because of an unspecified muscle injury. Starting central defender Carlos Salcedeo broke his collarbone during the defeat by Croatia and had surgery to have it pinned but is expected to return for Eintracht Frankfurt just before the end of the season. Another key defender, Nestor Araujo who plays for Santos Laguna, was also injured in the same match and has had keyhole surgery to repair meniscus damage. He, too, is expected to make a first-team comeback before the squad deadline of May 14. South Korea Shin Tae-yong's greatest concern last month as he prepares for his first tournament since moving up from U-20 manager to secure qualification centred not on fitness but the fatigue of Son Heung-min after a long season and a gruelling buil-up to it. "For most Europe-based players, they are used to getting in shape in August before the new season starts. I'm really worried that Son's form might go down from May, with his concentration waning and him becoming physically exhausted," he said. Former Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-gook, a member of the France 98 squad at the age of 18, harbours hopes of a place after a recall last September for the final qualifier against Uzbekistan but he has not been picked since. The sitter he missed against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup haunted him for years but most supporters seem to have forgiven him and would welcome the selection of the K-League's highest scorer. Sweden It would be unfair for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who played no part in qualification having retired after Euro 2016, to overshadow the preparations of the squad in making it to Russia but his possible return, despite his controversial link-up with a betting firm that would seem to preclude him being recalled under Fifa regulations, is dominating their build-up. "Just as with the national team, if I want to play, I’ll play," he said. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not ruled out a comeback Credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong “This is not a question for Fifa, it’s a question for me and what I want.” Janne Andersson has no injury worries with a month to go but the inexperience of all his goalkeepers must be a cause of some disquiet. Robin Olsen performed heroically against Italy in the second leg of the play-off but he has only 16 caps and the manager has tried several alternatives in pursuit of an undisputed No1. Group G Belgium Michy Batshuayi, having scored nine goals in 14 games during a terrific loan spell at Dortmund, left the field on a stretcher on April 15 after sustaining an ankle injury during the derby defeat by Schalke that has ended his season but not his World Cup chances even if they are now very slim indeed. Vincent Kompany's return to form and fitness has removed Roberto Martínez's most long-standing doubt though Christian Benteke's travails in front of goal for Crystal Palace had put his chances of a squad place as a back-up to Romelu Lukaku at serious risk until Batshuayi's injury. Nacer Chadli has missed West Brom's doomed 'fight' against relegation since December with hip and thigh injuries but Albion report that he is ready to return on April 21 after an impressive showing in training. Thibaut Courtois has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the spring friendlies and Chelsea's defeat by Spurs for whom Toby Alderweireld remains on the peripheries, which must be a worry for Martínez. England Liverpool pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez miss the tournament through injury but team-mate Nathaniel Clyne is making gradual returns to first-team football and may be a late contender for a squad place. Phil Jones has suffered recurrent hamstring injuries this season and, although he is now fit while Jack Wilshere, who withdrew from the spring squads, remains an outsider as does Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has returned to Palace's side after three months out with an ankle injury and knee pain. Adam Lallana has endured a desperate run with injuries Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Nathaniel Chalobah joined the England squad in March to continue his rehabilitation from a fractured knee-cap but is unlikely to play for Watford before the season's end while Daniel Sturridge was out for two months with a hamstring injury that has turned his loan move to West Bromwich into an exorbitant farce. Adam Lallana has gone to South Africa for rehab therapy on his injured hamstring and Gareth Southgate is understood to be willing to give him until May 13 to prove he can make it but that has to be a serious doubt after a couple of injury-wrecked seasons. Panama The World Cup finals debutants have no injuries to report and Hernán Darío Gómez has a full-strength squad of relatively unknown but remarkably experienced players - the 24 men picked for the spring friendlies averaged 59 caps each - ready for Russia. Tunisia Tunisia have suffered the worst blow of all 32 teams to date, losing their playmaker Youssef Msakni, who suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury on April 7 that will keep him out for at least six months. The attacking midfielder, who has 49 caps, tore an anterior ligament playing for his Qatar Stars League club, Al-Duhail, against Al-Sailiya. Nabil Maloul, Tunisia's manager, was asked in March what Msakni's absence would mean when the player could not feature in the spring friendlies because of a minor meniscus problem that required 10 days' rest, he said it would be like Argentina going to Russia without Lionel Messi. Group H Colombia Juan Cuadrado gave Jose Pekerman a scare by injuring his groin back in January and the initial prognosis, that he would be out for at least three months after surgery, possibly six, was discouraging. But the winger made his return for Juventus ahead of schedule last month while Sampdoria's Duvan Zapata, who missed their match with Cagliari on April 28, should also make it back before the end of the season. Japan Turmoil at management level - Akira Nishino replaced Vahid Halilhodzic at the beginning of April - contrasts with relative serenity over options for selection. Second-choice keeper, Masaaki Higashiguchi, fractured his cheekbone on April 21 but is likely to make the World Cup 23 even if he has to play in a face mask for precautionary reasons. Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai was ruled out for three weeks in April with a medial collateral ligament strain in his left knee and misses both legs of their Europa League semifinal against Red Bull Salzburg but is confident of recovering in time to participate in Russia. World Cup 2018 venues Poland Veteran midfielder, the live blogger's friend Jakub Blaszczykowski, made his first start for Hamburg since February on April 28 and should be fit to make a squad that has no major current concerns about its key components. Artur Boruc, who had 60 caps, announced his international retirement last year bur had long since taken the role of third banana behind Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny. Senegal Monaco's fiery forward Keita Balde has been out since April 7 with a hamstring injury but should be back for the St Etienne game on May 12.The principal worry for Aliou Cisse concered his centre-back and vice-captain Kara Mbodji, who has not played since before Christmas following knee surgery for an injury he picked up playing for Anderlecht. After thrice-daily rehab sessions, Kara says he hopes to be involved for their final league game against Club Brugge on May 6.
Each of the 31 qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup plus the hosts will name their provisional 35 man squads for the tournament by the deadline on May 14, exactly a month before the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. They will then have until June 4 to cull the numbers down to 23. Those who do not make the cut are likely to be placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about who is available and who is struggling to make it. Group A Egypt No significant injury worries for Héctor Cúper, not even over the 45-year-old goalkeeper and captain Essam El-Hadary who is firmly on course to become the oldest player in finals history. There are wider concerns over the form of West Brom's shell-shocked Ahmed Hegazi but it is countered by Mohamed Salah's during his outstanding debut season at Liverpool. Russia Stanislav Cherchisov has been tasked with taking the hosts to the last four at least, which will be difficult given their results in a very taxing build-up programme - defeated by Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and France. Aleksandr Kokorin, the 27-year-old Zenit winger who scored Russia's goal in the draw with Algeria during the 2014 tournament, is all but certain to miss the World Cup having damaged his ACL in mid March. Igor Denisov, the Lokomotiv defensive midfielder and Russia captain under Fabio Capello, fell out with Cherchisov years ago at Dynamo Moscow and the manager has refused to pick him while arguments between Cherchisov and the 6ft 5in striker Artem Dzyuba threaten his involvement. CSKA twins Aleksei and Vasily Berezutski retired after Euro 2016 and have refused the manager's entreaties to return to the squad at the age of 35 following the serious knee injuries suffered by Viktor Vasin and Georgi Dzhikiya. Saudi Arabia The only team at the tournament ranked lower than the hosts, it's a fortuitous coincidence for Russia that they were drawn out to play the curtain-raiser. A resounding defeat by Belgium in March was forgivable but their 4-1 loss inIraq the month before has provoked understandable disquiet. Decisions to send the midfielders Yahya Al-Shehri, Salem Al-Dawsari and Fahad Al-Muwallad on loan to Leganes, Villarreal and Levante respectively in January has backfired. None of the national team stalwarts had played a minute of Liga football by the end of March 2018. Uruguay Oscar Tabárez's team looks as powerful as ever, built around the relentless, uncompromising defensive work of Diego Godín, the attacking prowess of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez supplied by Gastón Ramírez and now with the young, athletic Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur to add drive to the usual steel. Veteran defender Martín Cáceres has a calf injury that had restricted him to only one appearance by the end of March following his transfer from Verona after that dreadful year at Southampton and remains the major doubt. World Cup predictor Group B Iran Ashkan Dejagah, a Bundesliga title-winner with Wolfsburg and fondly remembered by Fulham fans who elected him player of the year in 2013-14, returned to England with Nottingham Forest as a free agent in January but suffered a knee injury the following month that will keep him out until the end of April. The 31-year-old midfielder, who played all three group matches in Brazil four years ago, is Carlos Queiroz's only significant injury worry. Captain Masoud Shojaei has returned to the squad after seven months and has so far overcome opposition from the deputy sports minister and another parliamentarian for playing for Panionios against Maccabi Tel Aviv in a Europa League qualifier. A national team life ban for playing against a representative of a state Iran does not recognise had been proposed but Queiroz ignored the calls. Morocco The African Nations champions qualified without conceding a goal and three-quarters of the defence that earned them their enviable record - Nabil Dirar, Mehdi Benatia and Romain Saiss - are all fit and in impressive form. The versatile Real Madrid prodigy, Achraf Hakimi, however, was withdrawn from the squad for the March friendlies when injured on the first day of training and is likely to miss a few weeks while the midfielder Ait Bennasser, who hurt his thigh while playing for Caen against Angers in March, is not expected to be back on contention until the beginning of May at the earliest. Zouhair Feddal, who plays at left-back for Real Betis, ruptured his Achilles in February and, barring a miracle, will miss the World Cup. England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked Portugal Renato Sanches, who was so sensational at Euro 2016 that Bayern Munich agreed a deal to sign the teenage midfielder that committed them to spending as much as £72m for him, has endured a wretched run of form and fitness ever since. His latest hamstring injury while on loan at Swansea has kept him sidelined since mid January and the Premier League club sent him back to Munich at the end of March for treatment, admitting he might not return. But, to much surprise, he returned to the matchday squad for the visit of Chelsea on April 28 but didn't get on in the 1-0 defeat. Major concerns persist over the durability of the veteran central defenders - Jose Fonte and Bruno Silva, 34 and 36 respectively - who are currently fit but have had lengthy lay-offs in recent months while the 35-year-old Pepe is nursing a broken toe. Spain No significant injury concerns so far for Julen Lopetegui but the form of Alvaro Morata at Chelsea has been a worry and led to him being left out of the squad for the spring friendlies. Diego Costa, in the rudest of health and spirit at Atlético Madrid, should lead the line which may make a romantic recall for Spain's top-scorer, New York City's David Villa, at the age of 36 far more remote than it seemed last autumn. Cesc Fabregas and Bayern Munich's Javi Martínez have been notable omissions from Lopetegui's squads ever since he took over from Vicente del Bosque in 2016 and while neither are resigned to missing out, recalls at this late stage are extremely unlikely. Group C Australia Bert van Marwijk, appointed in January on a seven-month contract, recalled the goalkeeper Brad Jones after four years out of international football in his first squad and the former Liverpool reserve, now with Feyenoord, has a good chance of making it to Russia in place of Adam Federici, the Bournemouth back-up, who has not played for 15 months after suffering back-to-back knee injuries. Matthew Spiranovic, a free agent since his release by Zhejiang Greentown in February, will pay the price for not heeding former manager Ange Postecoglou who repeatedly warned him that playing in the Chinese second division was not adequate preparation for a World Cup place. Melbourne Victory centre-half Rhys Williams, hoping to make his first World Cup after injury ruled him out of South Africa and Brazil, tore his calf on April 29 and looks like making it third time unlucky. Kaiserslautern's Brandon Borrello ruptured his ACL during a training session in the last week of April and has no chance of making it. Denmark Chelsea's Andreas Christensen and Brentford's Henrik Dalsgaard were sent home early from the squads for the spring friendlies, the former because of 'exhaustion' and the latter excused to spend some time with his newborn daughter. Both have been told that they are certainties for Age Hareide's 23.Central defender Andreas Bjelland has been troubled by an achilles injury but has returned to the Brentford squad while Lasse Vibe, who left Griffin Park in February for the Chinese Super League's Changchun Yatai, is running out of time to prove his fitness and sharpness after heel and hamstring injuries blighted the first half of his season. World Cup 2018 stadiums France Laurent Koscielny will miss the tournament after rupturing his achilles tendon in Arsenal's Europa League semi-final, second leg against Atletico Madrid. Benjamin Mendy has been out since September with a cruciate ligament injury but has been training with Manchester City's first-team squad since the beginning of March and should be back before the end of the season. If the left-back makes it he may go straight into the starting XI given Layvin Kurzawa's recent loss of form at PSG. Florian Thauvin, who has gone from zero to hero on his return from Newcastle to Marseille, should overcome a hamstring injury to make it but squad stalwarts Alexandre Lacazette, Moussa Sissoko and Dimitri Payet may all miss out after disappointing domestic seasons. Djibril Sidibe has injured the meniscus in his right knee and will miss the end of Monaco's season but the right-back hopes to be back in time to make Didier Deschamps' XXIII. Peru First-choice goalkeeper Pedro Gallese had knee surgery to correct a meniscus problem last February and though he is behind schedule to return for his Mexican league club Veracruz, remains confident that he will be ready for the friendly against Scotland on May 29. Veteran striker and captain Paolo Guerrero is currently serving a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine and other banned drugs following Peru's draw with Argentina last October. Peru will bring their famous kit to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images His suspension, reduced on appeal, ends on May 3 but his second appeal will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport before then as he continues to maintain he was the victim of contaminated food. Group D Argentina Ramiro Funes Mori's return to Everton's bench on the last day of March after more than a year out with a knee injury is a fillip to Jorge Sampaoli and his creaking defence. Roma winger Diego Perotti should return from a calf strain by the middle of April but Boca Juniors' playmaker Fernando Gago and centre-forward Dario Benedetto have been ruled out by their club who hope to have them back for pre-season training though neither severe knee-injury victim has given up hope of 11th-hour breakthroughs in their recovery regimes. World Cup Russian host cities you've never heard of Croatia Veterans Danijel Subasic, Dejan Lovren, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Nikola Kalinic and Mario Mandzukic all withdrew from last month's two-match tour to the United States to conserve their energies but they are fit and certainties for the squad barring any late setbacks. Ante Rebic, the Eintracht Frankfurt winger, and Fiorentina's defensive midfielder Milan Baldelj have missed games in April with a torn calf and rib injuries respectively but are due back before the end of the month and should take their places in Zlatko Dalic's 23. Iceland The medial ligament injury Gylfi Sigurdsson sustained in his right knee when playing for Everton against Brighton at the beginning of March was expected to end his domestic season while keeping a glimmer of hope alive that he would be fit for Russia. Sam Allardyce said he would personally deliver a 'b---------' to the employee who released a statement saying he was out for eight weeks and countered it by suggesting that the playmaker was a quick healer and may be back before May which gives Heimir Hallgrimsson grounds for optimism. Alfreð Finnbogason, the Augsburg centre-forward, who has been out since the end of January with a calf injury, is expected to make his comeback in mid April. Nigeria Wilfred Ndidi will miss the end of Leicester' season with a hamstring damaged during their walloping by Crystal Palace on April 28. His team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho broke his hand while playing for the Super Eagles during their defeat by Serbia last month but returned to bench duty for Leicester after missing only one Premier League game. Henry Onyekuru, the Everton forward who is spending 2017-18 on loan at Anderlecht, underwent knee ligament surgery in December but insisted he would be in contention to make the squad. On April 2 he returned to first-team training and says he will be ready to play and add to his nine league goals in 19 appearances before the month is out. Group E Brazil Neymar's metatarsal injury on Feb 25 threatened to turn into another bout of national self-flagellation and despondency but the initial prognosis that he would be out for 12 weeks still gives him time to recover and subsequent revisions of his estimated absence that have shaved four weeks off his return date should allow him to find some sharpness, too. Philippe Coutinho's ropey form since moving to Barcelona will not discourage Tite, who will use the Anfield friendly against Croatia at the start of June to reacquaint him with his best days alongside familiar faces in familiar surroundings. Filipe Luis, the Atlético left-back and back-up to Marcelo, fractured his fibula in mid-March but is hopeful of returning should Diego Simeone's team qualify for the Europa League final. Tite has never had much time for David Luiz's qualities and though the centre-back, whose knee injury has kept him out of Chelsea's squad since the middle of February, is striving to put himself in contention, his quest will probably be in vain. Costa Rica Joel Campbell, remarkably still an Arsenal player, injured his ankle while playing on loan for Real Betis at the end of October and has not played since. The forward reported that he was fit at the end of February and has returned to full training so seems likely to make the cut for the squad even if he will be woefully lacking match fitness, not that it did Paolo Rossi much harm in 1982 nor Marco van Basten at Euro 88. New York City left-back Ronald Matarrita has a hamstring injury that has hampered his preparations and Portland Timbers' defensive midfielder David Guzman has missed the past fortnight with a sprained knee sustained on international duty. The state of Neymar's health has become a Brazilian obsession Credit: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Switzerland Vladimir Petkovic expects Udinese's Valon Behrami to recover from his shoulder injury in a couple of weeks and has no other pressing concerns. Eren Derdiyok. Admir Mehmedi and Xherdan Shaqiri all sat out the recent friendlies (a 1-0 victory over Greece and a 6-0 thrashing of Panama) but should make the final squad when it is announced on May 14. Serbia Matija Nastasic damaged knee ligaments on April 12 playing for Schalke and the best prognosis for the centre-half is a six-week recuperation. Mladen Krstajic, a fine defender for Partizan, Werder Bremen, Schalke and the national team but a rookie coach appointed to this, his first job, only last December, has all his core players fit and only Benfica's Ljubomir Fejsa, the defensive midfielder who has won 10 successive league titles across three countries, suffering from recurring but minor, niggling problems. Fejsa has not played for Serbia since 2016 and would be a back-up only to Nemanja Matic and Luka Milivojevic if he makes the squad but would be a contender for tattoo of the tournament for the chest tableau that commemorates his return from serious injury while playing for Partizan and his later triumphs with Olympiakos and Benfica. ...⚽️❗️....done✔️ #f5 #justdone #stillfresh Obrigado Mareeee���� @maretattoo A post shared by Fejsa Ljubomir & Suzana (@fejsa5) on Mar 25, 2018 at 1:42pm PDT Group F Germany Borussia Monchengladbach's Lars Stindl is out with an ankle injury but Manuel Neuer returned to full goalkeeper training on April 5 after six months out having fractured a metatarsal in his left foot for the third time in a year and undergone surgery to insert a plate to protect the bone. The Bayern Munich and Germany captain has manged only three Bundesliga appearances this season yet, although Joachim Löw has benefited from his absence by exploiting it to give Marc-Andre Ter Stegen valuable international experience, the world champions will go to the wire to include Neuer. Jerome Boateng, though, is a serious doubt after injuring his knee during the first leg of Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. Boateng was injured during Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid Credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images Marco Reus, who missed the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 with ankle and groin injuries, made his comeback from cruciate ligament surgery in February after eight months out and Borussia Dortmund have nursed his return, allowing him time off to recover from soreness, over the past few weeks. "With Marco," said Löw, "it's important to us that he is brought to the top level carefully and without further pressure and that he gains in stability." Mario Götze, the scorer of the winning goal at Maracana, was left out of the squad for the spring friendlies after a dip in form while his Dortmund team-mate and World Cup final goal-provider Andre Schürrle, finally free of knee and achilles injuries, has impressed Löw sufficiently to reassure him that he still has a chance but has yet to earn a call-up. Mexico Giovani Dos Santos should be back for LA Galaxy by the end of April after his hamstring injury in early March and will resume his place in Mexico's midfield alongside Porto captain Hector Herrera who travelled with the national team for the spring double header against Iceland and Croatia but was sent back to his club for treatment because of an unspecified muscle injury. Starting central defender Carlos Salcedeo broke his collarbone during the defeat by Croatia and had surgery to have it pinned but is expected to return for Eintracht Frankfurt just before the end of the season. Another key defender, Nestor Araujo who plays for Santos Laguna, was also injured in the same match and has had keyhole surgery to repair meniscus damage. He, too, is expected to make a first-team comeback before the squad deadline of May 14. South Korea Shin Tae-yong's greatest concern last month as he prepares for his first tournament since moving up from U-20 manager to secure qualification centred not on fitness but the fatigue of Son Heung-min after a long season and a gruelling buil-up to it. "For most Europe-based players, they are used to getting in shape in August before the new season starts. I'm really worried that Son's form might go down from May, with his concentration waning and him becoming physically exhausted," he said. Former Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-gook, a member of the France 98 squad at the age of 18, harbours hopes of a place after a recall last September for the final qualifier against Uzbekistan but he has not been picked since. The sitter he missed against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup haunted him for years but most supporters seem to have forgiven him and would welcome the selection of the K-League's highest scorer. Sweden It would be unfair for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who played no part in qualification having retired after Euro 2016, to overshadow the preparations of the squad in making it to Russia but his possible return, despite his controversial link-up with a betting firm that would seem to preclude him being recalled under Fifa regulations, is dominating their build-up. "Just as with the national team, if I want to play, I’ll play," he said. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not ruled out a comeback Credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong “This is not a question for Fifa, it’s a question for me and what I want.” Janne Andersson has no injury worries with a month to go but the inexperience of all his goalkeepers must be a cause of some disquiet. Robin Olsen performed heroically against Italy in the second leg of the play-off but he has only 16 caps and the manager has tried several alternatives in pursuit of an undisputed No1. Group G Belgium Michy Batshuayi, having scored nine goals in 14 games during a terrific loan spell at Dortmund, left the field on a stretcher on April 15 after sustaining an ankle injury during the derby defeat by Schalke that has ended his season but not his World Cup chances even if they are now very slim indeed. Vincent Kompany's return to form and fitness has removed Roberto Martínez's most long-standing doubt though Christian Benteke's travails in front of goal for Crystal Palace had put his chances of a squad place as a back-up to Romelu Lukaku at serious risk until Batshuayi's injury. Nacer Chadli has missed West Brom's doomed 'fight' against relegation since December with hip and thigh injuries but Albion report that he is ready to return on April 21 after an impressive showing in training. Thibaut Courtois has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the spring friendlies and Chelsea's defeat by Spurs for whom Toby Alderweireld remains on the peripheries, which must be a worry for Martínez. England Liverpool pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez miss the tournament through injury but team-mate Nathaniel Clyne is making gradual returns to first-team football and may be a late contender for a squad place. Phil Jones has suffered recurrent hamstring injuries this season and, although he is now fit while Jack Wilshere, who withdrew from the spring squads, remains an outsider as does Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has returned to Palace's side after three months out with an ankle injury and knee pain. Adam Lallana has endured a desperate run with injuries Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Nathaniel Chalobah joined the England squad in March to continue his rehabilitation from a fractured knee-cap but is unlikely to play for Watford before the season's end while Daniel Sturridge was out for two months with a hamstring injury that has turned his loan move to West Bromwich into an exorbitant farce. Adam Lallana has gone to South Africa for rehab therapy on his injured hamstring and Gareth Southgate is understood to be willing to give him until May 13 to prove he can make it but that has to be a serious doubt after a couple of injury-wrecked seasons. Panama The World Cup finals debutants have no injuries to report and Hernán Darío Gómez has a full-strength squad of relatively unknown but remarkably experienced players - the 24 men picked for the spring friendlies averaged 59 caps each - ready for Russia. Tunisia Tunisia have suffered the worst blow of all 32 teams to date, losing their playmaker Youssef Msakni, who suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury on April 7 that will keep him out for at least six months. The attacking midfielder, who has 49 caps, tore an anterior ligament playing for his Qatar Stars League club, Al-Duhail, against Al-Sailiya. Nabil Maloul, Tunisia's manager, was asked in March what Msakni's absence would mean when the player could not feature in the spring friendlies because of a minor meniscus problem that required 10 days' rest, he said it would be like Argentina going to Russia without Lionel Messi. Group H Colombia Juan Cuadrado gave Jose Pekerman a scare by injuring his groin back in January and the initial prognosis, that he would be out for at least three months after surgery, possibly six, was discouraging. But the winger made his return for Juventus ahead of schedule last month while Sampdoria's Duvan Zapata, who missed their match with Cagliari on April 28, should also make it back before the end of the season. Japan Turmoil at management level - Akira Nishino replaced Vahid Halilhodzic at the beginning of April - contrasts with relative serenity over options for selection. Second-choice keeper, Masaaki Higashiguchi, fractured his cheekbone on April 21 but is likely to make the World Cup 23 even if he has to play in a face mask for precautionary reasons. Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai was ruled out for three weeks in April with a medial collateral ligament strain in his left knee and misses both legs of their Europa League semifinal against Red Bull Salzburg but is confident of recovering in time to participate in Russia. World Cup 2018 venues Poland Veteran midfielder, the live blogger's friend Jakub Blaszczykowski, made his first start for Hamburg since February on April 28 and should be fit to make a squad that has no major current concerns about its key components. Artur Boruc, who had 60 caps, announced his international retirement last year bur had long since taken the role of third banana behind Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny. Senegal Monaco's fiery forward Keita Balde has been out since April 7 with a hamstring injury but should be back for the St Etienne game on May 12.The principal worry for Aliou Cisse concered his centre-back and vice-captain Kara Mbodji, who has not played since before Christmas following knee surgery for an injury he picked up playing for Anderlecht. After thrice-daily rehab sessions, Kara says he hopes to be involved for their final league game against Club Brugge on May 6.
World Cup 2018 squad guide: Latest group news and updates
Each of the 31 qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup plus the hosts will name their provisional 35 man squads for the tournament by the deadline on May 14, exactly a month before the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. They will then have until June 4 to cull the numbers down to 23. Those who do not make the cut are likely to be placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about who is available and who is struggling to make it. Group A Egypt No significant injury worries for Héctor Cúper, not even over the 45-year-old goalkeeper and captain Essam El-Hadary who is firmly on course to become the oldest player in finals history. There are wider concerns over the form of West Brom's shell-shocked Ahmed Hegazi but it is countered by Mohamed Salah's during his outstanding debut season at Liverpool. Russia Stanislav Cherchisov has been tasked with taking the hosts to the last four at least, which will be difficult given their results in a very taxing build-up programme - defeated by Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and France. Aleksandr Kokorin, the 27-year-old Zenit winger who scored Russia's goal in the draw with Algeria during the 2014 tournament, is all but certain to miss the World Cup having damaged his ACL in mid March. Igor Denisov, the Lokomotiv defensive midfielder and Russia captain under Fabio Capello, fell out with Cherchisov years ago at Dynamo Moscow and the manager has refused to pick him while arguments between Cherchisov and the 6ft 5in striker Artem Dzyuba threaten his involvement. CSKA twins Aleksei and Vasily Berezutski retired after Euro 2016 and have refused the manager's entreaties to return to the squad at the age of 35 following the serious knee injuries suffered by Viktor Vasin and Georgi Dzhikiya. Saudi Arabia The only team at the tournament ranked lower than the hosts, it's a fortuitous coincidence for Russia that they were drawn out to play the curtain-raiser. A resounding defeat by Belgium in March was forgivable but their 4-1 loss inIraq the month before has provoked understandable disquiet. Decisions to send the midfielders Yahya Al-Shehri, Salem Al-Dawsari and Fahad Al-Muwallad on loan to Leganes, Villarreal and Levante respectively in January has backfired. None of the national team stalwarts had played a minute of Liga football by the end of March 2018. Uruguay Oscar Tabárez's team looks as powerful as ever, built around the relentless, uncompromising defensive work of Diego Godín, the attacking prowess of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez supplied by Gastón Ramírez and now with the young, athletic Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur to add drive to the usual steel. Veteran defender Martín Cáceres has a calf injury that had restricted him to only one appearance by the end of March following his transfer from Verona after that dreadful year at Southampton and remains the major doubt. World Cup predictor Group B Iran Ashkan Dejagah, a Bundesliga title-winner with Wolfsburg and fondly remembered by Fulham fans who elected him player of the year in 2013-14, returned to England with Nottingham Forest as a free agent in January but suffered a knee injury the following month that will keep him out until the end of April. The 31-year-old midfielder, who played all three group matches in Brazil four years ago, is Carlos Queiroz's only significant injury worry. Captain Masoud Shojaei has returned to the squad after seven months and has so far overcome opposition from the deputy sports minister and another parliamentarian for playing for Panionios against Maccabi Tel Aviv in a Europa League qualifier. A national team life ban for playing against a representative of a state Iran does not recognise had been proposed but Queiroz ignored the calls. Morocco The African Nations champions qualified without conceding a goal and three-quarters of the defence that earned them their enviable record - Nabil Dirar, Mehdi Benatia and Romain Saiss - are all fit and in impressive form. The versatile Real Madrid prodigy, Achraf Hakimi, however, was withdrawn from the squad for the March friendlies when injured on the first day of training and is likely to miss a few weeks while the midfielder Ait Bennasser, who hurt his thigh while playing for Caen against Angers in March, is not expected to be back on contention until the beginning of May at the earliest. Zouhair Feddal, who plays at left-back for Real Betis, ruptured his Achilles in February and, barring a miracle, will miss the World Cup. England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked Portugal Renato Sanches, who was so sensational at Euro 2016 that Bayern Munich agreed a deal to sign the teenage midfielder that committed them to spending as much as £72m for him, has endured a wretched run of form and fitness ever since. His latest hamstring injury while on loan at Swansea has kept him sidelined since mid January and the Premier League club sent him back to Munich at the end of March for treatment, admitting he might not return. But, to much surprise, he returned to the matchday squad for the visit of Chelsea on April 28 but didn't get on in the 1-0 defeat. Major concerns persist over the durability of the veteran central defenders - Jose Fonte and Bruno Silva, 34 and 36 respectively - who are currently fit but have had lengthy lay-offs in recent months while the 35-year-old Pepe is nursing a broken toe. Spain No significant injury concerns so far for Julen Lopetegui but the form of Alvaro Morata at Chelsea has been a worry and led to him being left out of the squad for the spring friendlies. Diego Costa, in the rudest of health and spirit at Atlético Madrid, should lead the line which may make a romantic recall for Spain's top-scorer, New York City's David Villa, at the age of 36 far more remote than it seemed last autumn. Cesc Fabregas and Bayern Munich's Javi Martínez have been notable omissions from Lopetegui's squads ever since he took over from Vicente del Bosque in 2016 and while neither are resigned to missing out, recalls at this late stage are extremely unlikely. Group C Australia Bert van Marwijk, appointed in January on a seven-month contract, recalled the goalkeeper Brad Jones after four years out of international football in his first squad and the former Liverpool reserve, now with Feyenoord, has a good chance of making it to Russia in place of Adam Federici, the Bournemouth back-up, who has not played for 15 months after suffering back-to-back knee injuries. Matthew Spiranovic, a free agent since his release by Zhejiang Greentown in February, will pay the price for not heeding former manager Ange Postecoglou who repeatedly warned him that playing in the Chinese second division was not adequate preparation for a World Cup place. Melbourne Victory centre-half Rhys Williams, hoping to make his first World Cup after injury ruled him out of South Africa and Brazil, tore his calf on April 29 and looks like making it third time unlucky. Kaiserslautern's Brandon Borrello ruptured his ACL during a training session in the last week of April and has no chance of making it. Denmark Chelsea's Andreas Christensen and Brentford's Henrik Dalsgaard were sent home early from the squads for the spring friendlies, the former because of 'exhaustion' and the latter excused to spend some time with his newborn daughter. Both have been told that they are certainties for Age Hareide's 23.Central defender Andreas Bjelland has been troubled by an achilles injury but has returned to the Brentford squad while Lasse Vibe, who left Griffin Park in February for the Chinese Super League's Changchun Yatai, is running out of time to prove his fitness and sharpness after heel and hamstring injuries blighted the first half of his season. World Cup 2018 stadiums France Laurent Koscielny will miss the tournament after rupturing his achilles tendon in Arsenal's Europa League semi-final, second leg against Atletico Madrid. Benjamin Mendy has been out since September with a cruciate ligament injury but has been training with Manchester City's first-team squad since the beginning of March and should be back before the end of the season. If the left-back makes it he may go straight into the starting XI given Layvin Kurzawa's recent loss of form at PSG. Florian Thauvin, who has gone from zero to hero on his return from Newcastle to Marseille, should overcome a hamstring injury to make it but squad stalwarts Alexandre Lacazette, Moussa Sissoko and Dimitri Payet may all miss out after disappointing domestic seasons. Djibril Sidibe has injured the meniscus in his right knee and will miss the end of Monaco's season but the right-back hopes to be back in time to make Didier Deschamps' XXIII. Peru First-choice goalkeeper Pedro Gallese had knee surgery to correct a meniscus problem last February and though he is behind schedule to return for his Mexican league club Veracruz, remains confident that he will be ready for the friendly against Scotland on May 29. Veteran striker and captain Paolo Guerrero is currently serving a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine and other banned drugs following Peru's draw with Argentina last October. Peru will bring their famous kit to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images His suspension, reduced on appeal, ends on May 3 but his second appeal will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport before then as he continues to maintain he was the victim of contaminated food. Group D Argentina Ramiro Funes Mori's return to Everton's bench on the last day of March after more than a year out with a knee injury is a fillip to Jorge Sampaoli and his creaking defence. Roma winger Diego Perotti should return from a calf strain by the middle of April but Boca Juniors' playmaker Fernando Gago and centre-forward Dario Benedetto have been ruled out by their club who hope to have them back for pre-season training though neither severe knee-injury victim has given up hope of 11th-hour breakthroughs in their recovery regimes. World Cup Russian host cities you've never heard of Croatia Veterans Danijel Subasic, Dejan Lovren, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Nikola Kalinic and Mario Mandzukic all withdrew from last month's two-match tour to the United States to conserve their energies but they are fit and certainties for the squad barring any late setbacks. Ante Rebic, the Eintracht Frankfurt winger, and Fiorentina's defensive midfielder Milan Baldelj have missed games in April with a torn calf and rib injuries respectively but are due back before the end of the month and should take their places in Zlatko Dalic's 23. Iceland The medial ligament injury Gylfi Sigurdsson sustained in his right knee when playing for Everton against Brighton at the beginning of March was expected to end his domestic season while keeping a glimmer of hope alive that he would be fit for Russia. Sam Allardyce said he would personally deliver a 'b---------' to the employee who released a statement saying he was out for eight weeks and countered it by suggesting that the playmaker was a quick healer and may be back before May which gives Heimir Hallgrimsson grounds for optimism. Alfreð Finnbogason, the Augsburg centre-forward, who has been out since the end of January with a calf injury, is expected to make his comeback in mid April. Nigeria Wilfred Ndidi will miss the end of Leicester' season with a hamstring damaged during their walloping by Crystal Palace on April 28. His team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho broke his hand while playing for the Super Eagles during their defeat by Serbia last month but returned to bench duty for Leicester after missing only one Premier League game. Henry Onyekuru, the Everton forward who is spending 2017-18 on loan at Anderlecht, underwent knee ligament surgery in December but insisted he would be in contention to make the squad. On April 2 he returned to first-team training and says he will be ready to play and add to his nine league goals in 19 appearances before the month is out. Group E Brazil Neymar's metatarsal injury on Feb 25 threatened to turn into another bout of national self-flagellation and despondency but the initial prognosis that he would be out for 12 weeks still gives him time to recover and subsequent revisions of his estimated absence that have shaved four weeks off his return date should allow him to find some sharpness, too. Philippe Coutinho's ropey form since moving to Barcelona will not discourage Tite, who will use the Anfield friendly against Croatia at the start of June to reacquaint him with his best days alongside familiar faces in familiar surroundings. Filipe Luis, the Atlético left-back and back-up to Marcelo, fractured his fibula in mid-March but is hopeful of returning should Diego Simeone's team qualify for the Europa League final. Tite has never had much time for David Luiz's qualities and though the centre-back, whose knee injury has kept him out of Chelsea's squad since the middle of February, is striving to put himself in contention, his quest will probably be in vain. Costa Rica Joel Campbell, remarkably still an Arsenal player, injured his ankle while playing on loan for Real Betis at the end of October and has not played since. The forward reported that he was fit at the end of February and has returned to full training so seems likely to make the cut for the squad even if he will be woefully lacking match fitness, not that it did Paolo Rossi much harm in 1982 nor Marco van Basten at Euro 88. New York City left-back Ronald Matarrita has a hamstring injury that has hampered his preparations and Portland Timbers' defensive midfielder David Guzman has missed the past fortnight with a sprained knee sustained on international duty. The state of Neymar's health has become a Brazilian obsession Credit: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Switzerland Vladimir Petkovic expects Udinese's Valon Behrami to recover from his shoulder injury in a couple of weeks and has no other pressing concerns. Eren Derdiyok. Admir Mehmedi and Xherdan Shaqiri all sat out the recent friendlies (a 1-0 victory over Greece and a 6-0 thrashing of Panama) but should make the final squad when it is announced on May 14. Serbia Matija Nastasic damaged knee ligaments on April 12 playing for Schalke and the best prognosis for the centre-half is a six-week recuperation. Mladen Krstajic, a fine defender for Partizan, Werder Bremen, Schalke and the national team but a rookie coach appointed to this, his first job, only last December, has all his core players fit and only Benfica's Ljubomir Fejsa, the defensive midfielder who has won 10 successive league titles across three countries, suffering from recurring but minor, niggling problems. Fejsa has not played for Serbia since 2016 and would be a back-up only to Nemanja Matic and Luka Milivojevic if he makes the squad but would be a contender for tattoo of the tournament for the chest tableau that commemorates his return from serious injury while playing for Partizan and his later triumphs with Olympiakos and Benfica. ...⚽️❗️....done✔️ #f5 #justdone #stillfresh Obrigado Mareeee���� @maretattoo A post shared by Fejsa Ljubomir & Suzana (@fejsa5) on Mar 25, 2018 at 1:42pm PDT Group F Germany Borussia Monchengladbach's Lars Stindl is out with an ankle injury but Manuel Neuer returned to full goalkeeper training on April 5 after six months out having fractured a metatarsal in his left foot for the third time in a year and undergone surgery to insert a plate to protect the bone. The Bayern Munich and Germany captain has manged only three Bundesliga appearances this season yet, although Joachim Löw has benefited from his absence by exploiting it to give Marc-Andre Ter Stegen valuable international experience, the world champions will go to the wire to include Neuer. Jerome Boateng, though, is a serious doubt after injuring his knee during the first leg of Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. Boateng was injured during Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid Credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images Marco Reus, who missed the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 with ankle and groin injuries, made his comeback from cruciate ligament surgery in February after eight months out and Borussia Dortmund have nursed his return, allowing him time off to recover from soreness, over the past few weeks. "With Marco," said Löw, "it's important to us that he is brought to the top level carefully and without further pressure and that he gains in stability." Mario Götze, the scorer of the winning goal at Maracana, was left out of the squad for the spring friendlies after a dip in form while his Dortmund team-mate and World Cup final goal-provider Andre Schürrle, finally free of knee and achilles injuries, has impressed Löw sufficiently to reassure him that he still has a chance but has yet to earn a call-up. Mexico Giovani Dos Santos should be back for LA Galaxy by the end of April after his hamstring injury in early March and will resume his place in Mexico's midfield alongside Porto captain Hector Herrera who travelled with the national team for the spring double header against Iceland and Croatia but was sent back to his club for treatment because of an unspecified muscle injury. Starting central defender Carlos Salcedeo broke his collarbone during the defeat by Croatia and had surgery to have it pinned but is expected to return for Eintracht Frankfurt just before the end of the season. Another key defender, Nestor Araujo who plays for Santos Laguna, was also injured in the same match and has had keyhole surgery to repair meniscus damage. He, too, is expected to make a first-team comeback before the squad deadline of May 14. South Korea Shin Tae-yong's greatest concern last month as he prepares for his first tournament since moving up from U-20 manager to secure qualification centred not on fitness but the fatigue of Son Heung-min after a long season and a gruelling buil-up to it. "For most Europe-based players, they are used to getting in shape in August before the new season starts. I'm really worried that Son's form might go down from May, with his concentration waning and him becoming physically exhausted," he said. Former Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-gook, a member of the France 98 squad at the age of 18, harbours hopes of a place after a recall last September for the final qualifier against Uzbekistan but he has not been picked since. The sitter he missed against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup haunted him for years but most supporters seem to have forgiven him and would welcome the selection of the K-League's highest scorer. Sweden It would be unfair for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who played no part in qualification having retired after Euro 2016, to overshadow the preparations of the squad in making it to Russia but his possible return, despite his controversial link-up with a betting firm that would seem to preclude him being recalled under Fifa regulations, is dominating their build-up. "Just as with the national team, if I want to play, I’ll play," he said. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not ruled out a comeback Credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong “This is not a question for Fifa, it’s a question for me and what I want.” Janne Andersson has no injury worries with a month to go but the inexperience of all his goalkeepers must be a cause of some disquiet. Robin Olsen performed heroically against Italy in the second leg of the play-off but he has only 16 caps and the manager has tried several alternatives in pursuit of an undisputed No1. Group G Belgium Michy Batshuayi, having scored nine goals in 14 games during a terrific loan spell at Dortmund, left the field on a stretcher on April 15 after sustaining an ankle injury during the derby defeat by Schalke that has ended his season but not his World Cup chances even if they are now very slim indeed. Vincent Kompany's return to form and fitness has removed Roberto Martínez's most long-standing doubt though Christian Benteke's travails in front of goal for Crystal Palace had put his chances of a squad place as a back-up to Romelu Lukaku at serious risk until Batshuayi's injury. Nacer Chadli has missed West Brom's doomed 'fight' against relegation since December with hip and thigh injuries but Albion report that he is ready to return on April 21 after an impressive showing in training. Thibaut Courtois has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the spring friendlies and Chelsea's defeat by Spurs for whom Toby Alderweireld remains on the peripheries, which must be a worry for Martínez. England Liverpool pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez miss the tournament through injury but team-mate Nathaniel Clyne is making gradual returns to first-team football and may be a late contender for a squad place. Phil Jones has suffered recurrent hamstring injuries this season and, although he is now fit while Jack Wilshere, who withdrew from the spring squads, remains an outsider as does Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has returned to Palace's side after three months out with an ankle injury and knee pain. Adam Lallana has endured a desperate run with injuries Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Nathaniel Chalobah joined the England squad in March to continue his rehabilitation from a fractured knee-cap but is unlikely to play for Watford before the season's end while Daniel Sturridge was out for two months with a hamstring injury that has turned his loan move to West Bromwich into an exorbitant farce. Adam Lallana has gone to South Africa for rehab therapy on his injured hamstring and Gareth Southgate is understood to be willing to give him until May 13 to prove he can make it but that has to be a serious doubt after a couple of injury-wrecked seasons. Panama The World Cup finals debutants have no injuries to report and Hernán Darío Gómez has a full-strength squad of relatively unknown but remarkably experienced players - the 24 men picked for the spring friendlies averaged 59 caps each - ready for Russia. Tunisia Tunisia have suffered the worst blow of all 32 teams to date, losing their playmaker Youssef Msakni, who suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury on April 7 that will keep him out for at least six months. The attacking midfielder, who has 49 caps, tore an anterior ligament playing for his Qatar Stars League club, Al-Duhail, against Al-Sailiya. Nabil Maloul, Tunisia's manager, was asked in March what Msakni's absence would mean when the player could not feature in the spring friendlies because of a minor meniscus problem that required 10 days' rest, he said it would be like Argentina going to Russia without Lionel Messi. Group H Colombia Juan Cuadrado gave Jose Pekerman a scare by injuring his groin back in January and the initial prognosis, that he would be out for at least three months after surgery, possibly six, was discouraging. But the winger made his return for Juventus ahead of schedule last month while Sampdoria's Duvan Zapata, who missed their match with Cagliari on April 28, should also make it back before the end of the season. Japan Turmoil at management level - Akira Nishino replaced Vahid Halilhodzic at the beginning of April - contrasts with relative serenity over options for selection. Second-choice keeper, Masaaki Higashiguchi, fractured his cheekbone on April 21 but is likely to make the World Cup 23 even if he has to play in a face mask for precautionary reasons. Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai was ruled out for three weeks in April with a medial collateral ligament strain in his left knee and misses both legs of their Europa League semifinal against Red Bull Salzburg but is confident of recovering in time to participate in Russia. World Cup 2018 venues Poland Veteran midfielder, the live blogger's friend Jakub Blaszczykowski, made his first start for Hamburg since February on April 28 and should be fit to make a squad that has no major current concerns about its key components. Artur Boruc, who had 60 caps, announced his international retirement last year bur had long since taken the role of third banana behind Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny. Senegal Monaco's fiery forward Keita Balde has been out since April 7 with a hamstring injury but should be back for the St Etienne game on May 12.The principal worry for Aliou Cisse concered his centre-back and vice-captain Kara Mbodji, who has not played since before Christmas following knee surgery for an injury he picked up playing for Anderlecht. After thrice-daily rehab sessions, Kara says he hopes to be involved for their final league game against Club Brugge on May 6.
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's Zlatko Junuzovic leaves the pitch during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's Zlatko Junuzovic leaves the pitch during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's Zlatko Junuzovic leaves the pitch during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's goalkeeper Jirí Pavlenka reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's goalkeeper Jirí Pavlenka reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's goalkeeper Jirí Pavlenka reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's Theodor Gebre Selassie (R) in action against Leverkusen's Julian Brandt during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's Theodor Gebre Selassie (R) in action against Leverkusen's Julian Brandt during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's Theodor Gebre Selassie (R) in action against Leverkusen's Julian Brandt during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's Jerome Gondorf (R) in action against Leverkusen's Julian Brandt (C) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Roma, Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's Jerome Gondorf (R) in action against Leverkusen's Julian Brandt (C) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Roma, Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's Jerome Gondorf (R) in action against Leverkusen's Julian Brandt (C) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Roma, Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Kevin Volland reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Kevin Volland reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Kevin Volland reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Julian Brandt in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Julian Brandt in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Julian Brandt in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Julian Brandt in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Julian Brandt in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Julian Brandt in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Julian Brandt (C) in action against Bremen's Theodor Gebre Selassie (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Julian Brandt (C) in action against Bremen's Theodor Gebre Selassie (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Julian Brandt (C) in action against Bremen's Theodor Gebre Selassie (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's head coach Heiko Herrlich reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's head coach Heiko Herrlich reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's head coach Heiko Herrlich reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's (L) and Bremen's (R) team enter the pitch before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's (L) and Bremen's (R) team enter the pitch before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's (L) and Bremen's (R) team enter the pitch before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's supporters hold up scarves during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's supporters hold up scarves during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's supporters hold up scarves during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's Milos Veljkovic (L) in action against Leverkusen's Julian Brandt during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's Milos Veljkovic (L) in action against Leverkusen's Julian Brandt during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's Milos Veljkovic (L) in action against Leverkusen's Julian Brandt during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen'Äôs Thomas Delaney in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen'Äôs Thomas Delaney in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen'Äôs Thomas Delaney in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's Milos Veljkovic (L) in action against Leverkusen's Julian Brandt during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's Milos Veljkovic (L) in action against Leverkusen's Julian Brandt during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's Milos Veljkovic (L) in action against Leverkusen's Julian Brandt during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's supporters hold up scarves during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's supporters hold up scarves during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's supporters hold up scarves during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Panagiotis Retsos (L) in action against Bremen's Zlatko Junuzovic during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Panagiotis Retsos (L) in action against Bremen's Zlatko Junuzovic during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Panagiotis Retsos (L) in action against Bremen's Zlatko Junuzovic during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Charles Aranguiz (L) in action against Bremen's Marco Friedl (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Charles Aranguiz (L) in action against Bremen's Marco Friedl (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Charles Aranguiz (L) in action against Bremen's Marco Friedl (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Dominik Kohr in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Dominik Kohr in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Dominik Kohr in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Tin Jedvaj (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Tin Jedvaj (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Tin Jedvaj (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Leon Bailey (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Leon Bailey (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Leon Bailey (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Leon Bailey (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Leon Bailey (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Leon Bailey (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Charles Aranguiz (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Charles Aranguiz (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Charles Aranguiz (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's supporters wave flags during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's supporters wave flags during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's supporters wave flags during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Leon Bailey (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Leon Bailey (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Leon Bailey (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's Max Kruse (L) in action against Leverkusen's Panagiotis Retsos (C) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's Max Kruse (L) in action against Leverkusen's Panagiotis Retsos (C) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's Max Kruse (L) in action against Leverkusen's Panagiotis Retsos (C) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Panagiotis Retsos (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Panagiotis Retsos (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Panagiotis Retsos (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Tin Jedvaj (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Tin Jedvaj (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Tin Jedvaj (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Tin Jedvaj (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Tin Jedvaj (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's Tin Jedvaj (L) in action against Bremen's Florian Kainz (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's head coach Heiko Herrlich before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's head coach Heiko Herrlich before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's head coach Heiko Herrlich before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's head coach Heiko Herrlich before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's head coach Heiko Herrlich before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's head coach Heiko Herrlich before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's head coach Heiko Herrlich before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's head coach Heiko Herrlich before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's head coach Heiko Herrlich before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's head coach Heiko Herrlich before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's head coach Heiko Herrlich before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 05/05/2018.- Leverkusen's head coach Heiko Herrlich before the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Baer 04 Leverkusen in Bremen, Germany, 05 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Liverpool-bound Naby Keita was sent off for the fourth time this season as 10-man RB Leipzig crashed to a shock 3-0 Bundesliga defeat to Mainz on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Naby Keita shown fourth red card of season as Mainz stun RB Leipzig; Dortmund held by Werder Bremen
Liverpool-bound Naby Keita was sent off for the fourth time this season as 10-man RB Leipzig crashed to a shock 3-0 Bundesliga defeat to Mainz on Sunday.
Borussia Dortmund were forced to settle for a point at Werder Bremen on Sunday, but coach Peter Stoger had few complaints.
Stoger still confident of Champions League qualification
Borussia Dortmund were forced to settle for a point at Werder Bremen on Sunday, but coach Peter Stoger had few complaints.
Dortmund's Marco Reus celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund, in Bremen, Germany, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (Carmen Jaspersen/dpa via AP)
Bremen goalkeeper denies Dortmund 2nd place in Bundesliga
Dortmund's Marco Reus celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund, in Bremen, Germany, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (Carmen Jaspersen/dpa via AP)
Bremen's Milos Veljkovic, right, and Dortmund's Manuel Akanji challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund, in Bremen, Germany, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (Carmen Jaspersen/dpa via AP)
Bremen goalkeeper denies Dortmund 2nd place in Bundesliga
Bremen's Milos Veljkovic, right, and Dortmund's Manuel Akanji challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund, in Bremen, Germany, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (Carmen Jaspersen/dpa via AP)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Julian Weigl (R) in action against Bremen's Maximilian Eggestein (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Julian Weigl (R) in action against Bremen's Maximilian Eggestein (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Julian Weigl (R) in action against Bremen's Maximilian Eggestein (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Jiri Pavlenka (L) and Zlatko Junuzovic react after the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Jiri Pavlenka (L) and Zlatko Junuzovic react after the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Jiri Pavlenka (L) and Zlatko Junuzovic react after the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Andre Schuerrle (L) and Bremen's Marco Friedl (R) react after the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Andre Schuerrle (L) and Bremen's Marco Friedl (R) react after the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Andre Schuerrle (L) and Bremen's Marco Friedl (R) react after the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Jadon Sancho (R) in action against Bremen's Sebastian Langkamp (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Jadon Sancho (R) in action against Bremen's Sebastian Langkamp (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Jadon Sancho (R) in action against Bremen's Sebastian Langkamp (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus (L) in action against Bremen's Jiri Pavlenka (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus (L) in action against Bremen's Jiri Pavlenka (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus (L) in action against Bremen's Jiri Pavlenka (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus after the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus after the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus after the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's coach Peter Stoeger during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's coach Peter Stoeger during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's coach Peter Stoeger during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Jadon Sancho during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Jadon Sancho during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Jadon Sancho during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's coach Florian Kohfeldt during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's coach Florian Kohfeldt during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's coach Florian Kohfeldt during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Mario Goetze during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Mario Goetze during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Mario Goetze during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Jadon Sancho during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Jadon Sancho during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Jadon Sancho during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus (L) and Mario Goetze (R) with Bremenvás Max Kruse after the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus (L) and Mario Goetze (R) with Bremenvás Max Kruse after the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus (L) and Mario Goetze (R) with Bremenvás Max Kruse after the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Mario Goetze reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Mario Goetze reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Mario Goetze reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Marco Reus scored his sixth Bundesliga goal of the season but Borussia Dortmund had to settle for a point at the Weser-Stadion.
Werder Bremen 1 Borussia Dortmund 1: Reus on target but Stoger's men settle for draw
Marco Reus scored his sixth Bundesliga goal of the season but Borussia Dortmund had to settle for a point at the Weser-Stadion.
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Thomas Delaney (R) in action against Dortmund's Marco Reus (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Thomas Delaney (R) in action against Dortmund's Marco Reus (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Thomas Delaney (R) in action against Dortmund's Marco Reus (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Thomas Delaney (R) in action against Dortmund's Jadon Sancho (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Thomas Delaney (R) in action against Dortmund's Jadon Sancho (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Thomas Delaney (R) in action against Dortmund's Jadon Sancho (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho (L-R) react during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho (L-R) react during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho (L-R) react during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Milot Rashica (L) in action against Dortmund's Manuel Akanji (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Milot Rashica (L) in action against Dortmund's Manuel Akanji (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Milot Rashica (L) in action against Dortmund's Manuel Akanji (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's coach Peter Stoeger reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's coach Peter Stoeger reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's coach Peter Stoeger reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Zlatko Junuzovic (L) in action against Dortmund's Mario Goetze (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Zlatko Junuzovic (L) in action against Dortmund's Mario Goetze (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Zlatko Junuzovic (L) in action against Dortmund's Mario Goetze (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's coach Peter Stoeger reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's coach Peter Stoeger reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's coach Peter Stoeger reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Max Kruse reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Max Kruse reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Max Kruse reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Mario Goetze in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Mario Goetze in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Mario Goetze in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Max Kruse (L) in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Max Kruse (L) in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Max Kruse (L) in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Maximilian Eggestein (C-R) in action against Dortmund's keeper Roman Buerki (2-L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Maximilian Eggestein (C-R) in action against Dortmund's keeper Roman Buerki (2-L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Maximilian Eggestein (C-R) in action against Dortmund's keeper Roman Buerki (2-L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Jerome Gondorf (R) in action against Dortmund's Oemer Toprak (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Roma, Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Jerome Gondorf (R) in action against Dortmund's Oemer Toprak (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Roma, Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Jerome Gondorf (R) in action against Dortmund's Oemer Toprak (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Roma, Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's goalkeeper Roman Buerki (L) and teammate Oemer Toprak during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's goalkeeper Roman Buerki (L) and teammate Oemer Toprak during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's goalkeeper Roman Buerki (L) and teammate Oemer Toprak during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Thomas Delaney (L) celebrates scoring during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Thomas Delaney (L) celebrates scoring during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Thomas Delaney (L) celebrates scoring during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus (L) and Julian Weigl (R) celebrates during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus (L) and Julian Weigl (R) celebrates during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Dortmund's Marco Reus (L) and Julian Weigl (R) celebrates during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- (L-R) Dortmund's Christian Pulisic, Lukas Piszczek, Marco Reus and Julian Weigl celebrate during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- (L-R) Dortmund's Christian Pulisic, Lukas Piszczek, Marco Reus and Julian Weigl celebrate during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- (L-R) Dortmund's Christian Pulisic, Lukas Piszczek, Marco Reus and Julian Weigl celebrate during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Milot Rashica (C) in action against Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek (L) and Mario Goetze (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Milot Rashica (C) in action against Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek (L) and Mario Goetze (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Milot Rashica (C) in action against Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek (L) and Mario Goetze (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Zlatko Junuzovic (C) in action against Dortmund's Mario Goetze (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Zlatko Junuzovic (C) in action against Dortmund's Mario Goetze (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Zlatko Junuzovic (C) in action against Dortmund's Mario Goetze (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Jerome Gondorf (C) in action against Dortmund's Jadon Sancho (R) and Julian Weigl (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Roma, Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Jerome Gondorf (C) in action against Dortmund's Jadon Sancho (R) and Julian Weigl (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Roma, Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Jerome Gondorf (C) in action against Dortmund's Jadon Sancho (R) and Julian Weigl (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Roma, Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Maximilian Eggestein (R) in action against Dortmund's Julian Weigl (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Maximilian Eggestein (R) in action against Dortmund's Julian Weigl (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)
Bremen (Germany), 29/04/2018.- Bremen's Maximilian Eggestein (R) in action against Dortmund's Julian Weigl (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, 29 April 2018. (Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

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