Injuries That Could Impact How You Bet These Teams During the 2022 World Cup

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Raul Alonso Jimenez Rodriguez #9 of Mexico controls the ball against Ecuador in the first half during an International friendly match. Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP.

A major concern for many nations (not only in previous World Cups, but more so this World Cup) will be performing to the best of their ability without some of their star players.

The previous 70 years World Cups have taken place during the off-season, which has usually given players with short-term injuries some time to recover, but with the World Cup happening smack bang in the middle of the season, there isn’t much time for players to recover compared to previous years where they would have had a few weeks.

Within the previous two weeks alone, there have been some star players going down with injuries, which is a major blow for both them personally and their nations.

Here are the biggest players to miss out on this year’s World Cup.

Marco Reus (Germany)

Poor Marco Reus is set to miss yet another World Cup through injury having also missed out in 2014 (when Germany won it). Reus played in the 2018 World Cup picking up 1 goal and 1 assist in three games.

Although Reus most likely wasn’t going to be in Hansi Flick’s strongest eleven, he would have been a very good sub to bring on in games with his veteran experience and playmaker ability. Reus’ has always been a consistent player (when he isn’t plagued with injury) picking up 13 goals and 6 assists in his previous 19 competitive games for Germany.

We could have easily seen Reus come on as a sub during a knockout game in extra time and scoring or assisting a goal. Alas, it’s not to be.

Timo Werner (Germany)

One of Europe’s most prolific strikers (Chelsea fans might disagree), Timo Werner will be watching the World Cup from his couch, as he stated on Twitter. The forward picked up an ankle injury against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

Werner has scored 144 senior career club goals and 24 goals in 55 games for Germany. The betting impact both Werner and Reus will have on betting Germany will be very minimal, to be honest, as they have a lot of very strong players ready to step up and take their place, but we do worry without Reus’s leadership or Werner’s goals Germany might fall short.

At +1100 to win it all, Germany still seems to have a strong set of betting odds, but we would be much more confident if they didn’t have these two players missing.

Diogo Jota (Portugal)

Diogo Jota looked like he was going to miss the World Cup when returning from a hamstring injury in early October, but suffered a calf injury having played just 8 games for his club Liverpool.

Portugal doesn’t have an abundance of prolific strikers, and the loss of Jota (10 goals in 29 national games) will be a big miss for this Portugal team coming into this World Cup.

Right now Portugal is +1500 at the top-rated sportsbooks to win the tournament. As tempting as it might be to think that Cristiano Ronaldo will win his last ever World Cup, without Jota in the team, it’s going to be a much tougher task.

Paul Pogba (France)

Although Paul Pogba has yet to feature for Juventus this season, he will be a big blow for France this upcoming tournament.

A knee injury has been plaguing the Frenchman and during his recovery, he also managed to injure his thigh, and there’s no sign of him returning from his injuries until the new year at the very least.

France has a lot of strong players to choose from to replace Pogba, but the real issue they are facing is the fact that they are also going to be without N’Golo Kante.

N’Golo Kante (France)

This brings us to Kante, although he has also been out the majority of the season, Kante and Pogba were instrumental in Frances’ World Cup victory in 2018, and despite being four years older, both players would have most likely made the starting eleven, as they are still two of the best midfielders in the France squad.

France will have to do with an inexperienced midfield and this could hinder their chances of going all the way. At the time of writing, they are currently 3rd favorites to lift the trophy at +600, which might be a fair set of odds with both players fit to play. But without them, we will have to see how they play with this midfield to determine how strong they will be.

Reece James (England)

Easily one of the most devasting injuries for England prior to the World Cup will be the loss of right-back Reece James.

James would have made the starting team, but with his return date from injury not until the latter stages of the tournament (even then it could have been a stretch) manager Gareth Southgate has opted to leave the right-back at home and not include him in the 26-man squad.

As a whole, it shouldn’t have a major impact on how England does at this tournament, but Kyle Walker was selected and he also has a niggling injury, if he was to be re-injured it could be a small cause for concern heading into the knockout games.

Raul Jimenez (Mexico)

By far the biggest player impact on this list will be Mexico’s striker Raul Jimenez not being available to play, although there’s still a possibility he will see some minutes during the World Cup if selected.

He most likely won’t be if he isn’t 100% fit. The Striker has scored 30 goals in 96 career games for his nation.

Mexico could struggle to score without Jimenez in the line-up, but it must be noted he has been in poor form prior to the World Cup and has a minor hip injury.

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