The 2018 World Cup Injury Guide (v9)

24 Jun

Last Updated: 7/12/18 @ 11:06 am

The 2018 World Cup is well underway. Searching for a reliable place to keep track of injuries during the tournament? Look no further. Below are the notable injuries for each of the 32 teams in the tournament.

Finalists

Croatia: Croatia will be rolling into Sunday’s final with heavy legs. Having played 120 minutes three times in a row, fatigue will be a driving factor in the medical care their team will receive over the next few days. Both Sime Vrsaljko (knee) and Danijel Subasic (hamstring) are playing through injury, but are likely to both start in the final. Keep an eye on Mario Mandzukic as he cramped several times in the latter stages of the England game. And despite having 102°F fever during Wednesday’s semifinal, Ivan Rakitic is likely a lock to feature on Sunday.

France: France’s main injury concern is Blaise Matuidi’s likely concussion. He collided with Eden Hazard in the semifinals, and attempted to play on, but was soon removed from play. Even on the world’s biggest stage, FIFA has not been strict at all with their concussion protocol, and there are currently no return to play mandates following head injury. Generally, concussions usually heal within 7-10 days, leaving Matuidi at least 3 days short of this window. However, given the magnitude of Sunday’s final, and the lack of standard return to play guidelines, the decision to play may not be in the hands of the medical staff.

Other than Matuidi, Kante, Mbappe, and Umtiti are all nursing minor knocks, but are almost certain to feature on Sunday.

 

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