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Iceland

TEAM ANALYSIS: Despite being a nation of just 350,000 with no soccer history, Iceland went on an incredible run to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. But advancing (or even earning a point or two), will be a tough task. Not only do they lack experience and fall into a brutal Group D, but they are also have one of the highest Overall Injury Risks as a team. Aron Gunnarsson just missed 4 weeks with a knee injury and recently missed four months following November ankle surgery. Gylfi Sigurdsson, another one of their best players, has his own injury concerns. He barely made the final squad due to a knee injury in March that forced him to miss 12 weeks.

 

OVERALL INJURY RISK: HIGH

 

Hannes Thór Halldórsson G, Randers FC

  • Hamstring injury (May 2018, missed 1 week)
  • Shoulder injury (October 2015, missed 21 weeks)

Ragnar Sigurdsson D, Rostov

  • No relevant injuries

Kári Árnason D, Vikingur

  • Knee injury (April 2017, missed 6 weeks)
  • Achilles tendon rupture (November 2011, missed 9 weeks)
  • Hamstring injury (February 2009, missed 7 weeks)

Birkir Saevarsson D, Valur

  • Back stiffness/injury (April 2018, missed 1 week)

Ari Skulason D, KSC Lokeren

  • Calf injury (December 2016, missed 8 weeks)

Birkir Bjarnason M, Aston Villa

  • Back spasm injury (May 2018, missed 2 weeks)
  • Calf injury (April 2018, missed 1 week)
  • Knee injury (March 2017, missed at least 5 weeks)
  • Hand fracture (February 2016, missed 2 weeks)

Aron Gunnarsson M, Cardiff

  • Left knee injury (April 2018, missed 4 weeks)
  • Ankle surgery (November 2017, missed 17 weeks)
  • Ankle injury (October 2017, missed 5 weeks)
  • Ankle injury (September 2017, missed 1 week)

Gylfi Sigurdsson M, Everton

  • Knee injury (March 2018, missed 12 weeks)
  • Hamstring injury (February 2015, missed 1 week)

Johann Gudmundsson M, Burnley – QUESTIONABLE

  • Calf injury (June 2018, Game 1 against Argentina)
  • Calf strain injury (March 2018, missed 1 week)
  • Medial knee ligament injury (February 2017, missed 8 weeks)
  • Hamstring injury (January 2017, missed 1 week)
  • Hamstring injury (November 2016, missed 4 weeks)

Arnor Ingvi Traustason M, Malmo FF

  • Knee injury (March 2017, missed 4 weeks)
  • Twisted knee (March 2017, missed 2 weeks)
  • Tibial plateau contusion (August 2016, missed 2 weeks)

Bjorn Sigurdarson F, Rostov

  • Back injury (July 2015, missed 6 weeks)

Alfred Finnbogason F, FC Augsburg

  • Calf injury (February 2018, missed 11 weeks)
  • Achilles tendon injury (January 2018, missed 2 weeks)
  • Muscular injury (October 2017, missed 1 week)
  • Osteitis pubis (chronic groin injury) (October 2016, missed 20 weeks)
  • Abductor injury (March 2016, missed 1 week)
  • Shoulder injury (August 2014, missed 5 weeks)
  • Knee injury (May 2014, missed 4 weeks)

 

Group ARussia / Saudi Arabia / Egypt / Uruguay 

Group BPortugal / Spain / Morocco / Iran

Group CFrance / Australia / Peru / Denmark

Group DArgentina / Iceland / Croatia / Nigeria

Group EBrazil / Switzerland / Costa Rica / Serbia

Group FGermany / Mexico / Sweden / South Korea

Group GBelgium / Panama / Tunisia / England

Group HPoland / Senegal / Colombia / Japan

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