World Cup 2018: Injuries That Could Impact the Quarterfinals

July 5, 2018 | insideinjuries | No Comments

Luis Suarez (Uruguay) – right leg injury

Uruguay will most likely have to face France without striker Edinson Cavani, but they may also have to face the Europeans with their Barcelona star Luis Suarez at less than 100%. Suarez was seen limping to the sidelines during training yesterday with a calf injury. He received treatment, and was then able to finish the training session. It’s possible Suarez was just experiencing a cramp, but it’s still a concern that the striker could be anything less than fit going into the Quarter Finals.

Marcelo (Brazil)- back strain

Brazil may be without star Marcelo for another game. Their team doctor suggested that his current back problem is due to a soft hotel mattress. Whatever the reason, back injuries are always a sign of trouble. That’s especially true for someone like Marcelo who comes with a concerning history of back and muscular problems. He limped off in the 10th minute against Serbia due to spasms, causing his back to lock up. He was unavailable in Brazil’s win in the Round of 16 but has since returned to training. This comes with an Optimal Recovery Time of 2+ weeks. Even if he does get cleared to play, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he can’t make it through a full 90 minutes.

In addition to Marcelo’s injury, Brazil is also keeping a close eye on Douglas Costa (thigh) and Danilo (thigh). Both players have returned to training despite Costa being told he could miss the remainder of the tournament. Brazil was already one of our higher risk teams before the tournament started, and now things are looking even worse for one of the tournament favorites.

Mateo Kovačić (Croatia) – shoulder sprain

Mateo Kovačić suffered a right shoulder injury against Denmark when he tripped and fell on his right side with his right arm extended. He was able to finish the match, but had an MRI after the win to determine the extent of the injury. Croatia is waiting on the results of the scans to determine whether or not Kovacic will play against Russia in the Quarter Finals. Kovacic appeared to have dislocated his shoulder, a mechanism that can result in something as minor as a mild sprain or as serious as torn ligaments. Mo Salah suffered a similar injury before the start of the World Cup and missed three weeks recovering.

Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) – calf/hamstring strain

One of Uruguay’s top strikers is a doubt against France in the Quarter Finals, delivering a big blow to the South Americans. Cavani was seen with ice on his calf after limping off with 17 left in the match against Portugal. He was able to return to the training pitch today after missing the past two days, but Uruguay do not expect him to be fit for France. If he does play, he will be doing so with a very High Risk of Injury.

Ivan Strinic (Croatia) – muscle injury

It’s not clear yet exactly what injury Ivan Strinic is dealing with, but Croatia do not expect him to be fit for the Quarter Final match against Russia. Strinic had to be subbed off the pitch in the win over Denmark with the knock. The fullback will be playing at a High Injury Risk if he does play against Russia.

Ashley Young (England) – thigh and ankle injury

England is dealing with various injury concerns but Ashley Young and Jamie Vardy are the biggest doubts to face Sweden. Young took a kick to his thigh against Colombia and limped off the field in over-time. He also suffered an ankle bone injury in the match, but that injury is not as serious. Young’s thigh did not stiffen up the following day, so it’s possible he is able to play if he can stay loose.

Jamie Vardy (England) – groin injury

Vardy came on as an 88th minute substitute against Colombia, but was unable to take a penalty in the shoot-out due to a groin injury. He is considered the most serious injury doubt for England against Sweden in the Quarter Finals. Vardy had an injection in his groin immediately following the match, but his symptoms have yet to subside. It’s also worth mentioning that while both Harry Kane and Kyle Walker suffered cramps towards the end of Tuesday’s match, they have been declared fit and are expected to play in the Quarter Finals.

Benjamin Mendy (France) – muscle injury

France’s only injury concern going into the Quarter Finals is Benjamin Mendy. Mendy suffered a muscle injury in training before the match with Denmark, but he was still able to play in 40 minutes of the match. He will likely be available against Uruguay barring a setback, but he won’t be completely fit. Mendy battled a knee ligament injury that held him out for most of the season.

Alan Dzagoev (Russia) – hamstring strain

Alan Dzagoev, Russia’s star, is ready and fit to face Croatia in the Quarter Finals after suffering a hamstring injury in the opening match of the tournament. Russia have been able to hang on without him so far, but his return will surely give the home team a boost. Dzagoev has dealt with a long history of hamstring injuries though, making him a High Injury Risk.

Jimmy Durmaz (Sweden) – hip injury

Jimmy Durmaz missed training on Wednesday while dealing with a hip injury. He is considered questionable to play against England, but Sweden do not expect that the injury will keep Durmaz off the pitch for a significant amount of time. Sweden’s assistant coach Peter Wettergren called the absence from training a “prudent precaution.” Albin Ekdal also missed training on Wednesday as he was getting an X-ray on his foot. He feared that he had aggravated an old injury (fractured foot) when he experienced swelling after the win over the Swiss. He appears to be on the doubtful side of questionable.

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