Canada will announce its World Cup roster on Sunday, ten days before kicking off against Belgium in Qatar.
Coach John Herdman can name up to 26 players. In previous tournaments the roster limit was 23.
In June, FIFA announced that the final lists had been increased to a minimum of 23 and a maximum of 26 “in light of the special timing of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the international calendar as well as the need to maintain additional flexibility due to the wider context.” Disruptive effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on squads before and during the tournament.
Football matches are held in November and December as opposed to the normal summer months due to the warmer temperatures in Qatar. The schedule means most players are involved in club games until the World Cup break.
Herdman already has headaches with goalkeeper Maxime Cripeau (broken leg) and defender Scott Kennedy (shoulder) ruled out of the tournament in recent days. There was another scare at the weekend when Alphonso Davies went down with a hamstring injury but Bayern Munich said the 22-year-old from Edmonton should be ready for the World Cup.
Clubs must release players on November 14 for the tournament, which runs from November 20 to December 18.
Herdman is currently having an off-season camp in Bahrain to play against Bahrain on Thursday. The full squad will then play their final World Cup warm-up match against Japan in Dubai on November 17.
Teams have already started revealing their rosters. Japan and Brazil have named their teams with U.S. Soccer scheduled to announce their rosters in New York on Wednesday.
Herdman said he plans to leave his exposure as late as possible, to accommodate the injuries. The deadline is November 14.