Countdown to the 2022 World Cup: 23 days until the big kick-off
Another midfield injury is giving the Polish national team coach a headache as the injured German star tries to cheat fate. As part of TVP World’s daily World Cup countdown series, we’ll also mention the World Cup referee who shed light on the ins and outs of their mission in Qatar.
Injury Report: Poland
Poland coach Czesław Michniewicz has one less option when it comes to central midfielders as Jacek Góralski will be out for a few weeks with a prolonged muscle injury. Health issues are the reason why the 30-year-old Pole has only played three times for VFL Bochum in the German Bundesliga.
Góralski knows the taste of a World Cup game, as he was an important part of the squad that was knocked out in the group stage four years ago in Russia. The defensive midfielder played against Colombia (0-3) and Japan (1-0).
Health issues appear to have already overtaken Nicola Zalewski, who returned to AS Roma’s starting XI against Finnish Europa League champions HJK Helsinki (Roma won 2-1). The gifted Pole was ruled out of the high-stakes clash with Napoli last Sunday due to a stomach infection. If he retains his place at left-back, he will be a strong point for the Qatar national team.
The nightmare returns for Reus
Meanwhile, demons from the past torment Dortmund’s Marco Reus once again, as he ruptured an ankle ligament weeks before the big tournament. Although the talented but marred by constant health issues returned to the pitch against Union Berlin on October 16, he reportedly suffered severe ankle pain again and was substituted at half-time. According to club doctors, he is unlikely to play against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
Due to injuries, Reus has already missed the Euros in 2016 and 2021, as well as the World Cup in 2014, when his nation won gold.
Last warning for the recovery of French stars
In an interview with French media Brut., coach Didier Deschamps clarified that he would not take injured players to Qatar.
“It will all depend on how long they are out, how many games they have played between getting injured and joining us, and a third factor, which is the depth of the squad in a given position,” the coach said. .
“I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ve never taken an injured guy to a big game. Bringing unfit players to major competition takes too much attention and consumes medical staff time for those who are fit to play,” Deschamps pointed out.
His words mean some big names, like Paul Pogba, Lucas Hernandes and Raphael Varane have marginal chances of flying to Qatar.
off the field
In an interview for Polish private radio RMF FM, Szymon Marciniak, the Polish referee who will officiate the matches in Qatar, spoke about the preparations for the event from their perspective.
According to him, just like four years ago during the World Cup in Russia, the judges staying at the hotel will not have internet access.
“FIFA believes that this campaign against us, looking for our mistakes, controversies has gone too far and should not reach us in Qatar,” Marciniak said.
“The most important thing for a judge is to stay calm, to control himself and to have a cool head – and information from the outside sometimes does not help. That is why, during the World Cup in Russia, we had restricted internet access, blocking of a few sites and blogs where referees were criticized, I think it will be similar in Qatar,” he concluded.
TVP World, RMF FM