The famous injury plague side-lining the worlds best from major international tournaments is becoming all too common.
With Euro 2016 only a month away, some big names have been ruled out for the the competition in France.
Welbeck’s injury woes continue to worsen, after going down against Manchester City this morning with a possible lateral meniscus injury to his right knee.
The injury speculation is a major blow for the striker, who made his return this season after a cartilage issue to his left knee.
AN UNLIKELY REPLACEMENT
Believe it or not, but Andy Carroll is actually injury free and in form. His chances of making England’s squad for the Euro’s could be dramatically enhanced after Welbeck’s injury.
Manager Roy Hodgson is certain to pick Rooney, Vardy, Kane and Sturridge, which could leave a spot open for the West Ham striker.
Carroll has banged in nine goals this season, and the Hammers second highest scorer behind Payet.
A knee injury has also erased any hopes of Euro selection for young Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
“There’s no chance [of him making the Euros]. I’ve not spoken to [England boss] Roy [Hodgson] yet because I was only informed yesterday,” Wenger said.
Belgian defender and Manchester City Captain Vincent Kompany will also miss out on the Euros with a thigh injury, that will keep him out of action for four months.
German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan disclocated his kneecap during training for Borussia Dortmund. The holding midfielder would have been a key figure for the World Cup winners. Manager Joachim Loew is now in strife, as Bastian Schweinsteiger struggles to recover from injury.
This is a huge blow for Gundogan, who also missed the World Cup due to back trouble.
Italy striker Alessio Cerci will miss the Euros, along with midfielder Marco Verratti. Although Cerci isn’t a big name for the Azzurri, he did play a part in the 2014 World Cup.
Could this prove to be a tale of a return for veterans Andrea Pirlo and Daniele de Rossi?