The world cup takes place only once every 4 years. It is the pinnacle for all international players, to play the world cup and represent their country in the greatest sporting event in the world. Dreams however don’t always come true, injuries can happen almost anywhere and with more players just finishing a grueling domestic season, it is a guarantee that some really big names miss out on the World Cup.
Here we have a XI of the players who will be missing out on the World Cup due to injury:
Goalkeeper: Victor Valdes(Spain) :
The Barcelona keeper injured his knee against Celta Vigo in March and has been out of action since. Casillas would have been first choice anyways had he been fit but seeing that this was supposed to be his last season with Barcelona (before the injury) it would have been fitting for him to have one final swansong with the Spanish team. The absence of Valdes however, meant good news for the young Spanish custodian David de Gea who has flown to Brazil along with Casillas.
RB: Gregory Van der Weil(Holland) :
The right back has been playing the entire season on painkillers. He did however start the 2010 final which the Dutch lost. However he still had to make a tough decision and let Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal know he could not play in Brazil.
CB: Holger Bastuber(Germany) :
This young German defender has not played a minute for 18 months. He is only 25 years old though and will make it in the next squad for the World Cup. He has just recently started training with the Bayern Munich squad, so it is still sometime before he is fit and raring to go.
LB: Bryan Oviedo(Costa Rica) :
The Costa Rican defender was one of those shrewd Everton signings by Roberto Martinez and was a sure shot for the team in the World Cup. Unfortunately in an FA Cup game he suffered a double leg fracture in January, though he was back in the gym within 3 weeks, the call for Brazil came a little too early for him.
CM: Kevin Strootman(Holland) :
You know you are something special when your national team manager not only guarantees you a place in his starting 11 but then has to completely change the formation of the team because you are injured. Strootman had been on another level for Roma until he got injured and was sure to miss the World Cup, that is how good he is.
CM: Riccardo Montolivo(Italy) :
The most recent victim to the vicious friendly cycle, Montolivo , the Italy captain suffered a broken leg in the friendly against Ireland and will miss the World Cup. This has come as a major blow to the Italian team just a couple of weeks before the start of the tournament, losing your captain is always tough.
CM: Lars Bender(Germany) :
The midfielder was a sure shot in going to Brazil but as fate would have it he will not make it even though he has had a pretty good season at Bayer Leverkusen. Funnily enough his twin brother at Dortmund is also injured and won’t be making the trip with the German team to Brazil.
RW: Franck Ribery(France) :
The latest withdrawal from the World Cup. Ribery was carrying a knock when he joined the French team for the World Cup. After having another great season at Bayern Munich, Ribery was one of the players to look out for in the World Cup. Unfortunately his back injury has not healed in time and he will not be able to take part in the World Cup, which probably is his last chance to represent his country at the World Cup.
LW: Thiago Alcantara(Spain) :
The Barcelona , err Bayern Munich midfielder was the one player that Pep wanted for his Bayern team, “him or no one” was the apparent message. He suffered a knee injury in March and misses out on the tournament, still he is young enough to come back stronger for the next world cup.
CF: Christian Benteke(Belgium) :
The powerful Belgian was having a decent enough season at Aston Villa when injury struck him in training as he ruptured his Achilles tendon. The Belgium team now has to rely on Romelu Lukaku but Benteke will be missed.
CF: Radamel Falcao(Colombia) :
Colombia’s captain and the Talisman for the team, Falcao will be missed immensely. He was in the prime of his life at 28 years of age. He was injured but made a daring return as was part of the 30 man provisional team but the call for Brazil came a little too early and he too misses the bus.
Other Notable absentees : Theo Walcott (England), Sven Bender (Germany), Rafael Van der Vaart (Holland)