In a few weeks, the 2022 World Cup will start in Qatar. It is now up to the players to bribe them with good performances and attract attention during the ongoing league operations.
Caution should be exercised, however, as an injury so close to kick-off in the opening game could put tournament participation too far away. Paulo Dybala may also face this problem now.
World Cup 2022: Dybala injures himself on penalty kick
Argentina coach Lionel Scoloni may have to do without Paulo Dybala at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The attacker was injured in his club’s last Serie A match. In the 48th minute, the match referee gave a penalty kick to Dybalas’ club AS Roma.
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Although the Argentine converted the penalty, he injured his thigh while taking it. The 28-year-old was promptly replaced, and is now certain: The South American has suffered an injury to his thigh muscle.
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His coach Jose Mourinho was then a pessimist. “It will be difficult for us to see Dybala again on the field before 2023,” the Portuguese said. Then he added: “He’s not doing too bad, not saying too bad. Unfortunately, he’s doing a lot worse instead of doing much worse.”
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In the current season, Dybala has made eleven appearances in all competitions, scoring seven goals and providing two assists. Due to his advanced age, this could be the last opportunity for Dybala to participate in the World Cup. At the next World Cup in Canada, Mexico and the United States in 2026, the South American will already be 32 years old.
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