World Cup Latest Injury News and Prop Tips

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Alex Campean

Thursday, May 10, 2018 3:26 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 10, 2018 3:26 PM UTC

With the European soccer season winding down, the various players are starting to focus on next month's World Cup in Russia. Unfortunately, injuries have struck a few big-name players. 

With less than 2 weeks remaining till the end of the European soccer season, the players are already thinking about the World Cup in Russia. Their dream is to win the title and make their country and fans proud. In many parts of the world, soccer is more than a sport, it’s a religion, a lifestyle. Unfortunately, some important players will miss the World Cup due to last moment injuries.

France: Laurent Koscielny Set to Miss World Cup

Despite making just 25 Premier League appearances for Arsenal this term, Koscielny was planning to retire from the international soccer after the World Cup in Russia and make way for the new generation of players. Unfortunately, the Arsenal and France center-back went down in pain during Europa League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid, being replaced immediately. Arsenal later confirmed that he had suffered a serious injury. Koscielny has earned 51 caps for his national team and he was expected to make the cut and feature in France starting XI at the World Cup, but he faces 6 months in recovery after undergoing surgery on an Achilles tendon injury. Didier Deschamps should find a quick solution and try to search for the right replacement for the veteran. Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte, who broke the club transfer record in a deal worth $77.12 million seems to be the perfect replacement, but Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma and Marseille’s Adil Rami are also favorites to travel to Russia.

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Laurent Koscielny has undergone surgery to repair his ruptured achilles tendon and will be out for six months. Arsenal’s outgoing manager, Arsène Wenger, described his player as “devastated”. Via @guardian #footballplanetcom #arsenal #laurentkoscielny #koscielny pic.twitter.com/USJwODfYGV

— footballplanet.com (@footballplanetc) May 8, 2018
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England: Joe Gomez Out of World Cup With Ankle Injury

Liverpool and England defender Gomez is set to miss the most important match of his career, the Champions League final against Real Madrid but also the 1st appearance in the World Cup campaign with his national team. He got injured during England’s 1-0 friendly match win against the Netherlands back in March, but despite the injury he was part of Liverpool’s starting XI and played through pain against West Brom and Stoke in the Premier League, which aggravated his injury. Gomez earned 3 caps for England following his debut back in November 2017, but he was sure about his World Cup spot after enjoying a brilliant season with Liverpool. Gareth Southgate has until May 14 to name England’s 35-player squad and find the perfect replacement for Gomez.

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Brave message from Joe Gomez 🔴

Get well soon, mate 👊 pic.twitter.com/1VxmTBaixh

— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) May 8, 2018
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Elsewhere

Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil right-back Dani Alves injured the cruciate ligament in his right knee on in PSG’s Coupe de France final victory last Tuesday. He is set to miss the rest of the season being ruled out for at least 3 weeks, having to face a race against time to be fully fit for the World Cup and help his national side to lift the trophy.

Manchester City and France defender Benjamin Mendy says he is 100% fit, physically and mentally prepared to travel with France for the World Cup after returning from a knee injury. He featured in just 7 fixtures for City all season long and just 4 caps for France, but he insists he is ready to give everything if called to represent his country.

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