The 2010 World Cup Qualifying matches are just around the corner, as the national teams compete each other to ensure a seat in the World Cup. But most of the teams are alarmingly tensed as their key players might miss the action due to injuries.
In South America, Brazil—who has to compete against Peru and Ecuador—is daunted by the injury of Kaka. Due to his recent leg injury, the medical staff said that he may have only a 50-50 chance to play and still need time to recover completely. Brazil is also tensed due to the injury of another key player—the striker Adriano. But Adriano may play as his injury might be recovered in time.
Uruguay may also miss a handfull of their key players like goalkeeper Juan Castillo, Jorge Fusil, Ignacio Gonzales, Alvaro Gonzales, Walter Gargano. Goalkeeper Fabio Carini lost his place in the team due to his poor form.
The European champions Spain may miss Andre Iniesta. He is replaced by Valencia winger Juvan Matta. Barcelona’s thrashing of Malaga on Sunday came at a cost with midfielders Iniesta and Yaya Toure getting injured and sidelined for two weeks
Tottenham defender Leadley Brenton King may also miss the action for England. King’s presence in the squad for the first time under Capello was also a surprise given that the Tottenham centreback is rarely able to train due to a long-term knee injury.
Ireland Republic keeper Shay Given and midfielder Aiden McGeady—who are trained by former Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni—are may also miss the game due to injury. Though both are included on the team, they have not yet took part in practice so far.
Injury also hit Bulgaria as they may miss their star striker Dimitar Berbatov due to injury.
Injury-hit Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has withdrawn from the France squad in its upcoming World Cup qualifying double-header against Lithuania and has been replaced by Guillaume Hoarau of Paris St. Germain.
Anelka is suffering from a toe injury and will be out for 30 days, prompting coach Raymond Domenech to call up PSG’s Reunion-born uncapped striker Hoarau, the French league’s second-highest scorer this season with 15 goals. France, lying third in Group 7 of World Cup qualifying behind Serbia and Lithuania, play the Lithuanians away on March 28 and at home on April 1.
There is no doubt about the fact that the matches would be challenging and interesting. As most of the teams are struggling to maintain an equilibrium as they lack some of their star players who are out due to injury. But I think they all can make up by doubling their efforts and giving out whatever they have.