Football stars who will not be in the World Cup 2022

Real Madrid Forwad Karim Benzema [AP]

Sadio Mane

He was recently crowned Africa's best player of the year and was part of team Senegal.
The Bayern Munich forward sustained an injury to his right fibula.
It is reported that the 30-year-old got injured in the last Munich games ahead of the World Cup.
It was announced earlier this week that the former Liverpool man would miss the "first games" of the tournament but he would not require an operation.
However, with their first game on the horizon on Monday against the Netherlands, the Senegal football federation has confirmed that Mane would completely miss the tournament as he's not recovering from his injury.

France midfielder Paul Pogba [AP]

N'golo Kante

France International N'Golo Kante has also been ruled out of the World Cup.
This was after he underwent an operation on a hamstring injury in October this year.
The midfielder, who played a pivotal role in Les Bleus' winning campaign in 2018, suffered a setback in the final stages of his recovery last week and has now been ruled out for four months after the surgery.
Kante has featured in only two Premier League games and played a total of 175 minutes this season.

Germany forward Timo Werner [AP]

Christopher Nkunku.

France attacker Christopher Nkunku has sustained an apparent injury during training as Les Bleus prepare for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The RB Leipzig man is one of 26 players to have been called up by Didier Deschamps, having shone for Die Roten Bullen over the past 15 months.

Nkunku and France took part in their final pre-flight training session at Clairefontaine on Tuesday, during which the 25-year-old was involved in a collision with Real Madrid's Eduardo Camavinga.
Other stars who are out of the World cup are Diogo Jota of Liverpool, Marco Reus of Germany.

France attacker Christopher Nkunku [AP]