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The World Cup kicks off today, June 14th in Moscow, Russia!

Team EuMotus will track injuries as they occur throughout the tournament and to the best of our knowledge and information at hand try to analyze player injuries – injured body part, contact or non-contact, and impact to the team etc.

 

Group A

Russia

CM/AM Alan Dzagoev is subbed out in game 1 of the World Cup in the 24th minute against Saudi Arabia. In what appears to be a non-contact hamstring injury, Dzagoev status remains uncertain for the rest of the tournament.

 

A slew of injuries to Russia’s back line, have forced coach Cherchesov to bring experienced but 38 year-old Sergei Ignashevich out of retirement [3], and also change their 3-4-3 formation, to formations with 4 or 5 defenders, and even more midfielders to make up for the loss of back line of quality [4]. A loss of one defender may spell even further trouble for Russia.

Saudi Arabia

Egypt

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Mohammed Salah carries an unfortunate contact injury from the Champion’s League final. Right upper extremity is affected by a hard fall to the ground. Defender and offender Sergio Ramos is to blame.  This injury was contact and not preventable. Salah remains questionable for Egypt’s first Group A match against Uruguay. Mo Salah is Liverpool’s and Egypt’s star player. At a value of 150 MM Euro, if Mo Salah sits, Egypt’s bench will be very expensive [3]. Mo Salah did not boot up in the Uruguay match.

Tarek Hamed appeared to suffer a non-contact injury in Group B’s opening battle vs Uruguay. The exact injury was unclear.

 

Uruguay

Group B

Portugal

Spain

Morocco

Iran

Alireza Jahanbakhsh was taken off mid-game due to cramps in the 6/15 match vs Morocco. Valued at over 12+ MM EUR Alireza is the star player of and the engine behind Iran’s offense. 

Group C

France

Australia

Peru

Denmark

William Kvist suffered a contact injury – a knee to the rib cage in the match against Peru. Two broken ribs have sent him home for recovery [5].

 

Group D

Argentina

Iceland

Croatia

Nigeria

 

Group E

Brazil

Switzerland

Fabian Schar of Switzerland had a head on collision with Brazil’s Casemrio forcing Schar to leave the game.

Costa Rica

Serbia

 

Group F

Germany

Mexico

Sweden

In their game against Korea Republic, Sweden’s Sebastian Larsson had an undisclosed injury leading to him limping off of the field.

South Korea

 

Group G

Belgium

Panama

Tunisia

England

 

Group H

Poland

Senegal

Colombia

Japan

 

 

References

[1] Russia World Cup 2018. minsvyaz.ru. http://minsvyaz.ru/uploaded/photos/fifa.jpg

[2] Wikimedia. Mo Salah https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mohamed_Salah_2017.jpg

[3] Transfermarkt. https://www.transfermarkt.com/mohamed-salah/profil/spieler/148455

[4] BBC https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44392911

[5] https://www.si.com/soccer/2018/06/17/denmark-midfielder-william-kvist-sent-home-world-cup-after-puncturing-lung-against-peru