5 Players Who are Doubtful for Russia 2018
With the World Cup 2018 in Russia less than three months away there are several football players who might not be able to play in the finals due to various reasons. All these players have their countries qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but when it comes to an individual point of view, a lot of players are doubtful for this years world cup.
Let us have a quick look at 5 players who are doubtful for Russia 2018.
1) Neymar, Brazil
The tears on the face when Neymar limped off while playing against Marseille were a sign of the Brazilian soccer team’s problem, knowing his season was essentially over. Neymar’s move to PSG has taken him no closer to winning the Ballon d’Or as his team waltz to the Ligue 1 title and had their Champions League hopes crushed. This has left the World Cup as Neymar’s only chance to show he is one of the world’s elite.
2) Manuel Neuer, Germany
A metatarsal break, his third in less than a year, means the Bayern Munich goalkeeper has not played soccer since mid-September. Neuer’s style and competency with the soccer ball at his feet were key features of Germany’s World Cup win in 2014, meaning Joachim Löw has carefully monitored his No 1’s progress and is confident he will return in April, although this will be after Bayern have won league, leaving him to rely on the Champions League for truly competitive action.
3) Benjamin Mendy, France
Since moving to Manchester City Benjamin Mendy of France has become known for his social media presence rather than his attributes on the pitch after being after only five games. Mendy has returned to soccer training but is yet to prove he is fit enough to be part of Pep Guardiola’s high-octane team as they close on the title. Mendy will need plenty of time to get up to his usual speed.
4) Harry Kane, England
A third ankle injury in quick succession means the Spurs striker Harry Kane is making Gareth Southgate nervous and is unlikely to play for his club again until late April. Harry Kane has scored 24 goals in the league and his prolific scoring nature is something England may need to rely on in Russia 2018. Since Southgate has taken charge Kane has scored seven goals in six England appearances, a sign of his importance to the team.
5) Juan Cuadrado, Colombia
Massimiliano Allegri is becoming increasingly concerned that the winger will be unable to play again for Juventus this season eventhough he was originally ruled out for a month. The Colombian player will be key for his team in Russia 2018 as they attempt to turn a few heads but there is no timeline for when he will return from January’s groin surgery.