2022 FIFA World Cup Injuries

Injuries
Keep up to date with the latest player injuries, suspensions and absences in the FIFA World Cup, from the most comprehensive source of football injury statistics.
BREAKING NEWS
          WORLD CUP 2022: Gomez allays injury fears after limping off v AUS. 'I twisted my ankle and couldn’t go on much longer. I preferred that someone else that’s better than me comes in. It’s a sprain, there are several days left to recover, and everything will be fine.'          ARSENAL: Early evaluations report that the injury will have an impact on Gabriel Jesus' domestic campaign, with some outlets in Brazil indicating that the forward could be sidelined for up to three months. However, further tests will take place on his return to Arsenal.

FIFA World Cup Injury Table

Argentina
 
5
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Alejandro Gomez Villaverde
Reason
Ankle/Foot Injury
Further Detail
Dec 03: 'I twisted my ankle and couldn’t go on much longer. It’s a sprain, there are several days left to recover, and everything will be fine.'
Potential Return
09/12/2022
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
75%
 
Player
Angel Di Maria
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Thigh Injury
Potential Return
09/12/2022
Condition
None
Status
50%
 
Player
Giovani Lo Celso
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Hamstring Strain
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Carlos Joaquin Correa
Reason
Calf/Shin/Heel Injury
Further Detail
Achilles Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Nicolas Gonzalez
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Hamstring Strain
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
Ruled Out
 
Australia
 
2
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Martin Boyle
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Nov 16: 'I think he'll be alright; it's just precautionary. Obviously, we don't want to take risks. We've got the first game in a week... but if he wasn't to play, it'd be a massive loss.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Nathaniel Atkinson
Reason
Ankle/Foot Injury
Further Detail
Ankle Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
25%
 
Belgium
 
1
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Alexis Saelemaekers
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Nov 09: 'I didn’t put any pressure on myself, I knew that with time I would get better, and today I am ready, and I am also ready for the World Cup.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
50%
 
Brazil
 
6
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Danilo Luiz da Silva
Reason
Ankle/Foot Injury
Further Detail
Ankle Sprain
Potential Return
05/12/2022
Condition
Late Fitness Test
Status
75%
 
Player
Alex Sandro Lobo Silva
Reason
Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury
Further Detail
Hip Injury
Potential Return
05/12/2022
Condition
Late Fitness Test
Status
25%
 
Player
Arthur Ramos de Oliveira Melo
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Oct 14: 'Last week was not the best for me. Sadly, as you know, an unfortunate injury to my left thigh will keep me out of action for a while.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Diego Carlos Santos Silva
Reason
Calf/Shin/Heel Injury
Further Detail
Aug 19: 'He had successful surgery yesterday, so it’s important that we look forward and try to be positive.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Alex Telles
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Knee Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Gabriel Fernando de Jesus
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Knee Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
Ruled Out
 
Cameroon
 
1
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Andre Onana
Reason
Suspended
Further Detail
Internal Disciplinary Matter
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Canada
 
4
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Doneil Henry
Reason
Calf/Shin/Heel Injury
Further Detail
Nov 12: 'He tried to push it a little bit further, and it may be a tear in there. We're working through the MRIs and getting the details. But he wasn't able to create any explosivity out of the calf.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Scott Kennedy
Reason
Shoulder Injury
Further Detail
Shoulder Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Maxime Crepeau
Reason
Calf/Shin/Heel Injury
Further Detail
Double Leg Fracture
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Stephen Antunes Eustaquio
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Hamstring Strain
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Costa Rica
 
0
Croatia
 
3
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Lovre Kalinic
Reason
Other
Further Detail
Muscular Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Borna Sosa
Reason
Illness
Further Detail
Virus
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Josip Stanisic
Reason
Other
Further Detail
Muscular Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
Ruled Out
 
Denmark
 
2
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Thomas Delaney
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Nov 23: 'We will miss him, both on and off the pitch. Other players are ready, and we have a strong squad for the next matches.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Simon Kjaer
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Thigh Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Ecuador
 
1
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Joao Rojas Lopez
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury - ACL Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
England
 
6
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Ben Chilwell
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Nov 04: 'He feels OK but is obviously aware of the injury, and we need to let the swelling settle down and hence the delay with the scan. We'll know more after that.'
Potential Return
27/12/2022
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
John Stones
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Tight Hamstring
Potential Return
10/12/2022
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
50%
 
Player
Callum Wilson
Reason
Other
Further Detail
Muscular Injury
Potential Return
10/12/2022
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
50%
 
Player
Reece James
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Oct 21: 'He'll be in a brace for four weeks to stabilise the knee, then it’s rehab that will take eight weeks, we think.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Ben White
Reason
Other
Further Detail
Personal Reasons
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Raheem Sterling
Reason
Other
Further Detail
Personal Reasons
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
France
 
8
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
N'Golo Kante
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Oct 18: 'Following a successful operation [on his hamstring], N'Golo is now expected to be sidelined for four months.'
Potential Return
18/02/2023
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Paul Pogba
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Meniscectomy
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Presnel Kimpembe
Reason
Other
Further Detail
Nov 14: 'Presnel will not participate in the World Cup. The PSG defender does not consider himself sufficiently recovered [from an Achilles issue] to be able to hold his place.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Mike Maignan
Reason
Calf/Shin/Heel Injury
Further Detail
Calf Strain
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Christopher Nkunku
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Lateral Knee Ligament Sprain - LCL Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Wesley Fofana
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Oct 14: 'He’s progressing where he was. I don’t think we will see him before the World Cup in terms of playing for Chelsea.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Karim Benzema
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Hamstring Strain
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Lucas Hernandez
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury - ACL Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Germany
 
4
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Timo Werner
Reason
Ankle/Foot Injury
Further Detail
Nov 03: 'Scans today in Leipzig showed that he has unfortunately torn the syndesmosis ligament in his left ankle and will therefore be out for the rest of 2022.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Florian Wirtz
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Nov 10: 'We would have loved to have such a good young player in the squad. But he had a serious injury and is just back in team training.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Marco Reus
Reason
Ankle/Foot Injury
Further Detail
Ankle Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Lukas Nmecha
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Patellar Tendon Rupture
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Ghana
 
4
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Joseph Wollacott
Reason
Wrist/Hand Injury
Further Detail
Nov 14: 'My understanding is that following surgery, he will still meet up with the Ghana squad and remain a key member of their travelling party.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Iddrisu Baba
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Hamstring Strain
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Richard Ofori
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Knee Inflammation
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Stephen Ambrosius
Reason
Other
Further Detail
Nov 08: 'Very frustrating. Unfortunately, I'll be missing the next games. Thank you so much for all the well wishes! I wish my club and the national team all the best.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Iran
 
1
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Omid Ebrahimi
Reason
Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury
Further Detail
Groin Strain
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Japan
 
4
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Hiroki Sakai
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Tight Hamstring
Potential Return
05/12/2022
Condition
Late Fitness Test
Status
25%
 
Player
Takefusa Kubo
Reason
Other
Further Detail
Muscular Injury
Potential Return
05/12/2022
Condition
Late Fitness Test
Status
75%
 
Player
Yuta Nakayama
Reason
Calf/Shin/Heel Injury
Further Detail
Nov 03: 'Yuta suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon at the end of the first half vs SAFC. As a result, he will require surgery that will, unfortunately, rule him out of the remainder of the season.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Ko Itakura
Reason
Suspended
Further Detail
2 Yellow Cards
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Mexico
 
2
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Jesus Corona Ruiz
Reason
Ankle/Foot Injury
Further Detail
Nov 08: 'The player cannot be part of Mexico’s World Cup. This is due to the player having not completed his recovery process after suffering an injury in August.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Jose Andres Guardado
Reason
Other
Further Detail
Muscular Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Morocco
 
2
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Amine Harit
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Nov 15: 'Harit [was] injured during the match against Monaco; he suffered a sprain of the cruciate ligaments of the left knee.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Tarik Tissoudali
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury - ACL Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Netherlands
 
2
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Georgino Wijnaldum
Reason
Calf/Shin/Heel Injury
Further Detail
Aug 15: 'Following an injury sustained during training, Gini subsequently underwent medical tests that confirmed the presence of a fracture to the tibia in his right leg.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Jeremie Frimpong
Reason
Ankle/Foot Injury
Further Detail
Ankle Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
50%
 
Poland
 
2
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Jakub Moder
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
July 30: "His rehab is still following the timescale that we originally envisaged. It's too early to say with timescales now. We're just concentrating on getting him fit and right."
Potential Return
25/02/2023
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Bartlomiej Dragowski
Reason
Ankle/Foot Injury
Further Detail
Fracture-Dislocation
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Portugal
 
6
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Ricardo Barbosa Pereira
Reason
Calf/Shin/Heel Injury
Further Detail
Nov 03: 'Mentally, he’s in a really good place. He’s had a tough time with long-term injuries, but he’s coping very well and still on schedule for coming back for the second half of the season.'
Potential Return
21/01/2023
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Pedro Lomba Neto
Reason
Ankle/Foot Injury
Further Detail
Oct 01: 'Let's see, I think it was a bad injury. I don't have all the information but let's see what can happen.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Diogo Jota
Reason
Calf/Shin/Heel Injury
Further Detail
Oct 18: 'He will miss the World Cup. [It's a] pretty serious injury in the calf muscle, and now the recovery process starts. We can say that because he will not be in for a long time; we talk about months.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Danilo Pereira
Reason
Chest/Abdominal Injury
Further Detail
Nov 27: 'As far as I know, he is improving, and we expect to have him back on the pitch very soon. But if we don't, we have three other centre-halves who can replace him. We don't need to make a drama of it.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Nuno Mendes
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Dec 01: 'Unfortunately, he is out, but he will stay with us. It was his desire, his club agreed, and he will start his recovery here.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Otavio da Silva Monteiro
Reason
Other
Further Detail
Muscular Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
25%
 
Qatar
 
1
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Abdullah Al-Ahrak
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury - ACL Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Saudi Arabia
 
7
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Yasir Al Shahrani
Reason
Head/Face Injury
Further Detail
Nov 23: 'Yasser underwent a successful surgery in the pancreatic gland at the National Guard Hospital in Riyadh.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Salman Al Faraj
Reason
Other
Further Detail
Lower Leg Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Mohammed Al Burayk
Reason
Calf/Shin/Heel Injury
Further Detail
Calf Strain
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Sami Al Naji
Reason
Ankle/Foot Injury
Further Detail
Ankle Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Salem Al Dawsari
Reason
Ankle/Foot Injury
Further Detail
Ankle Ligament Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
 
Player
Ali Al Bulayhi
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Hamstring Strain
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Mohammed Al Owais
Reason
Shoulder Injury
Further Detail
Shoulder Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Senegal
 
4
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Sadio Mane
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Nov 17: 'Sadio underwent successful surgery on Thursday evening. A tendon was reattached to the head of his right fibula. Therefore, [he is] no longer be available to play for Senegal at the World Cup.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Bouna Sarr
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Patellar Tendon Surgery
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Cheikhou Kouyate
Reason
Ankle/Foot Injury
Further Detail
Nov 21: 'Cheikhou twisted his ankle. I hope there is nothing important. For now, I can't say anything about it yet. We will take stock tomorrow, and we will have more information.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
50%
 
Player
Fode Ballo-Toure
Reason
Other
Further Detail
Muscular Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
25%
 
Serbia
 
0
South Korea
 
1
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Ji-Soo Park
Reason
Ankle/Foot Injury
Further Detail
Ankle Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Spain
 
4
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Kepa Arrizabalaga
Reason
Ankle/Foot Injury
Further Detail
Oct 29: 'He felt an issue on the bottom of his foot.'
Potential Return
26/12/2022
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Cesar Azpilicueta
Reason
Calf/Shin/Heel Injury
Further Detail
Calf Injury
Potential Return
06/12/2022
Condition
Late Fitness Test
Status
50%
 
Player
Mikel Oyarzabal Ugarte
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury - ACL Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Jose Gaya
Reason
Ankle/Foot Injury
Further Detail
Ankle Ligament Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Switzerland
 
2
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Yvon Mvogo
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Nov 10: 'The operation went perfectly. The length of his absence is estimated between four and six months. It will depend on his recovery.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Noah Okafor
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Quadriceps Strain
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
25%
 
Tunisia
 
0
United States
 
3
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Christopher Richards
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Dec 04: 'Chris has started training with the team this week, and he should be getting minutes against Trabzonspor in the next game.'
Potential Return
07/12/2022
Condition
Late Fitness Test
Status
75%
 
Player
Miles Robinson
Reason
Calf/Shin/Heel Injury
Further Detail
Achilles Tendon Rupture
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Joshua Sargent
Reason
Ankle/Foot Injury
Further Detail
Nov 29: 'I’m really not sure [how bad it is]. We’ll have to see how it kind of progresses overnight, but we obviously have a very good medical team. Hopefully, this one is not too bad.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Uruguay
 
3
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
Mauro Arambarri Rosa
Reason
Ankle/Foot Injury
Further Detail
Ankle Surgery
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Ronald Araujo da Silva
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Nov 23: 'Ronald is working better and better every day; he is evolving. It is the body that will tell us when he is fit. He is evolving, and we are very happy with how he is doing,'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
25%
 
Player
Rodrigo Bentancur
Reason
Other
Further Detail
Muscular Injury
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
25%
 
Wales
 
6
Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Player
David Brooks
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Nov 03: 'In terms of Brooksy, we also probably won't see him before the World Cup.'
Potential Return
26/12/2022
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Joe Allen
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Nov 30: 'He is fine. He is very tired - he probably played a bit longer than he would have liked to, we would have liked him to - but he has come through it, and that’s the big positive for us.'
Potential Return
10/12/2022
Condition
None
Status
100%
 
Player
Tom Lawrence
Reason
Knee Injury
Further Detail
Oct 03: 'His recovery went on schedule, but Tom sustained a new injury, unfortunately, this week. We have to wait [to see] how long he will be out, but I don't think we will have him back before the World Cup.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Gareth Bale
Reason
Thigh Injury
Further Detail
Tight Hamstring
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Ben Davies
Reason
Other
Further Detail
Knock
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
None
Status
Ruled Out
 
Player
Neco Williams
Reason
Head/Face Injury
Further Detail
Nov 29: 'There are protocols in place understandably with a concussion. He passed the initial test. We followed FIFA guidelines.'
Potential Return
No Return Date
Condition
Currently Being Assessed
Status
25%
 
Last update: 5 Dec 22 18:20 GMT