With less than 100 days till the start of the most important soccer event, the World Cup Russia 2018, the managers of the 32 finalists are trying to figure out which players are in best shape by watching them in action for their clubs and by scheduling some friendly matches to test them just before the World Cup.
Some big names playing at the top level in Europe will miss the World Cup but not because they are injured but cause they failed to help their national teams qualify for the World Cup. Manchester United and Chile’s superstar Alexis Sanchez, Real Madrid and Wales’s striker Gareth Bale, Bayern Munich and the Netherlands’s phenomenal player Arjen Robben, Juventus’s and Italy’s fabulous goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon or Dortmund and USA’s wonder kid Christian Pulisic are just few of the amazing players missing the World Cup due to their poor qualifying-stage performance.
But which stars from the 32 national teams will miss the action in Russia?Brazil
Paris Saint-Germain, Brazil’s 26-year-old forward and world's most expensive player Neymar is expected to be out of action for up to three months after suffering a broken metatarsal injury. The surgery went well but the situation is complicated. Brazil’s doctor and his Neymar’s national team colleagues think are confident that he will have time to recover and help them fulfill their dreams in Russia. PSG lost Neymar for the rest of the season and on top of that, his absence was one of the main reasons for them losing the Champions League tie against Real Madrid. Hopefully, for all the soccer lovers and most of all for the Brazilian fans, Neymar will have time to recover, be 100% fit and perform at his highest level.Germany
Germany’s No. 1 goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has undergone surgery on a foot injury he picked up in Bayern Munich’s training in September last year. Neuer was initially ruled out until January but we are in the middle of March and he is not ready to play. Not even him can say exactly when he will return but he insists he will travel with the team and play at World Cup despite the long-term injury. After winning the trophy in Brazil 4 year ago, Manuel Neuer’s objective is to return and play the last and most important matches of the season with his club and be the 1st goalkeeper choice for the World Cup. But let’s wait and see what Joachim Low has to say about it.England
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill's place in the English 23-roster is under growing threat following a poor season with his club. Report claim that Gareth Southgate, England coach, is becoming increasingly bothered with the 32-year-old’s performance and lack of shape. Despite being benched by Antonio Conte in 80% of Chelsea games this season, Cahill told the press that he feels the tension but he’s working hard to stay fit and well prepared, hoping he will make the cut and join his team-mates. The World Cup is definitely Cahill’s last chance of winning a trophy on the international stage. The Three Lions will play the Netherlands, Italy, and Nigeria in friendly matches before the World Cup.