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Another week.

This is the time the coaches of the World Cup teams have to wait before they finally get their hands on their players before the reduced build-up for the tournament in Qatar.

Some players may have already checked out of club play.

Like the Argentinian forward Lionel Messi, who missed the trip to Paris Saint-Germain Laurent in the French league on Sunday as a precaution, because the team noted inflammation in his Achilles tendon. It remains to be seen whether he will play again for PSG before the World Cup, which starts on November 20.

Likewise for prolific Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovian, who did not play for Fulham against Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday because his manager Marco Silva said the ankle strain was “something”. . Does he want to play against Manchester United on Sunday?

Then there’s Germany veteran Thomas M├╝ller, who after various injuries and illnesses is out of danger – once again – for Bayern Munich’s 3-2 win over Hertha Berlin in the German league on Saturday. Was and will be rested for the game, according to coach Julian Naglesman. Werder Bremen on Tuesday and Schalke on Saturday to avoid any further injury risks.

Indeed, with league and cup matches taking place during the week and weekends in England, Spain, Italy and Germany, a number of World Cup players are expected to be out of the lineup for precautionary reasons. be absent

Most of the World Cup team announcements take place this week, ahead of the final round of domestic league matches from Friday to Sunday. The national team coach will be crossing his fingers for no injuries at the weekend, with clubs obliged to release their players for World Cup duty from Monday.

For some, it is too late. Germany striker Timo Werner has been ruled out of the World Cup after breaking his ankle while playing for Leipzig in the Champions League last week. That same night, Ben Chilwell – one of two players battling for the left-back spot for England – picked up an injury during a game for Chelsea and will not travel to Qatar.

France midfielder Paul Pogba’s long-running bid to regain full fitness for the World Cup was also dashed last week, when he was ruled out of the tournament.

As for Son Heung-min, arguably the biggest football star in Asia, he sustained a broken eye socket on Champions League duty for Tottenham and is a doubt for the World Cup. South Korean fans wait with hope, maybe dread, for fitness bulletins on their favorite player.

With so many club games in various competitions crammed into the calendar to replace the mid-season World Cup, there is a strong possibility of more players getting injured early in the tournament.

Bell Fitness

One player whose club commitments have ended for now is Gareth Bale, who heads to Qatar as league champions in the United States but with some fitness concerns – as is always the case with the Wales captain.

Bale’s first competitive minutes in more than a month came for Los Angeles FC in the MLS Cup final on Saturday – and he scored with a late extra-time equalizer to take the game against the Philadelphia Union. Take the penalty shootout. LAFC went on to win their first league title.

After the game, Bell said he was “not 100% at the moment” because of a “little issue” and hadn’t practiced much in the last three or four weeks.

It will take a lot to prevent Bale from playing in his first World Cup, and Wales’ first since 1958.

Swiss priority

Ahead of the World Cup squad being named on Wednesday, there isn’t much luck for Switzerland’s goalkeeper.

With Yvonne Mogo injured for Lorient against PSG, all three goalkeepers who were named in Switzerland’s previous squad in September are now out of action.

Jan Sommer, the undisputed first choice, and Jonas Omlein both picked up ankle injuries in October for Borussia M├Ânchengladbach and Montpellier respectively.

Sommer told Swiss Black newspaper that his prospects for the World Cup look good, although he is unlikely to get game time ahead of the Group G opener against Cameroon on November 24. Brazil and Serbia are also in the group.

Swiss coach Murat Yakin has at least one other option, Gregor Kobel, in fine form in the Champions League for Borussia Dortmund.

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