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The 10 biggest stars set to miss the World Cup through injury with two Man United stars and also Sadio Mane ‘ruled out’

With news that Sadio Mane will miss this year's World Cup due to injury, we look at ten other players who will also miss the tournament.

According to L’Equipe, Mane will miss the World Cup after suffering an injury during Bayern Munich’s 6-1 win over Werder Bremen on Tuesday.

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The ex-Liverpool man would have been a key member of Senegal’s team as they attempted to build on their Africa Cup of Nations victory over Egypt last year.

If he does skip the full event, he will join a growing list of players who are practically certain not to compete in Qatar as well.

With only 11 days till the event begins, players are racing against the clock to be pronounced fit in time for the competition and clinch a spot in their national squads. Others, meanwhile, will be unable to compete owing to injury.

Let’s have a look at ten of them:

James Reece (England)
Chelsea star Reece James will not be selected for Gareth Southgate’s team after failing to recuperate from a knee injury sustained in October. This might be a significant blow for England.

James has been a crucial player for the Blues this season, and he was expected to start England’s first World Cup match against Iran on November 21.

Pogba, Paul (France)
Paul Pogba hasn’t played for Juventus this season after sustaining a knee injury in the preseason, but he’s hoping to be ready for the World Cup.

However, it was revealed on November 1 that the midfielder would not be in Qatar while he recovers from surgery.

Jota, Diogo (Portugal)
While an ex-Liverpool player, Sadio Mane, is expected to miss the tournament due to injury, a current Reds player will most likely not compete.

Diogo Jota was injured late in Liverpool’s 1-0 win against Manchester City last month and will most likely be sidelined until 2023.

Kante, N’Golo (Chelsea)
N’Golo Kante, like Pogba, is an important cog in the French midfield. But, like his Chelsea teammate, he will miss the World Cup.

He had an injury-plagued season, and his choice to have hamstring surgery in October put him out for four months and effectively destroyed his World Cup ambitions.

Coutinho, Philippe (Brazil)
Philippe Coutinho’s place in Brazil’s squad was in doubt even before he was injured, with the former Liverpool winger struggling for form at Aston Villa this season.

However, the 30-year-old is a reliable performer on the international stage, with three goals in five appearances for Brazil this year. However, he will miss Qatar due to a quadricep ailment that could keep him out till next year.

Wijnaldum, Georginio (Netherlands)
Georginio Wijnaldum, another former Liverpool player, had his World Cup aspirations dashed in August when he broke his leg during a Roma training session.

The Dutch midfielder is focused on his recovery as he strives to return to Jose Mourinho’s side as soon as possible.

Corona de Jesus (Mexico)
After injuring his ankle in August, one of Mexico’s biggest players, Jesus Corona, has faced a race against time to be ready for the World Cup.

Gerardo Martino, the former Barcelona manager, even traveled to Sevilla to test the player’s health. However, the 29-year-old has not recovered in time, leaving Mexico fans unhappy.

Miles Robinson (United States)
The US will face England in their second group stage encounter on November 25 in Qatar, but crucial center-back Miles Robinson will be missing.

The 25-year-old tore his Achilles tendon in May, ruling out one of the USA’s key players against England.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace and USA defender Chris Richards will be absent from Qatar owing to injury.

Werner, Timo (Germany)
Timo Werner, an ex-Chelsea forward, was ruled out of the World Cup last week owing to an ankle injury, and his current club RB Leipzig confirmed that he will not play for Germany in Qatar.

Neto, Pedro (Portugal)
Another Premier League player destined to miss the World Cup is Wolves winger Pedro Neto, who had surgery on an ankle injury in early October, confirming his absence from the 2022 event.

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