We always want the best players to be at their best during the World Cup. At the end of the day, it's a great show that happens every four years, and the most attractive thing is to watch all the superstars at their highest level.
Unfortunately, injuries always lead to major absences, and here we take a look at some of the biggest names who are confirmed to miss Qatar 2022.
Giovani Lo Celso
Undoubtedly, an important loss for the Argentine team. Giovani Lo Celso was the offensive engine of the midfield and Lionel Messi's best ally on the field.
Recently, the Villarreal midfielder suffered a muscle tear. With the World Cup so close, recovery times are not enough to make it to Qatar.
Mexico will miss Jesús "Tecatito" Corona after he suffered a broken fibula and torn ligaments in his left ankle. The Sevilla winger was to be a starter in Martino's team.
Corona's absence has been felt in Mexico's performance, a team that lacks ideas in the final third of the pitch.
Probably the most important absence of the World Cup. N'Golo Kanté has been one of the best defensive midfielders in the world for years.
France will be weakened in Qatar without its great engine. N'Golo Kanté is a major loss for the show overall, as he is a one-of-a-kind player.
At the peak of his career with Liverpool, Diogo Jota suffered a calf injury that ended his dream of playing in the World Cup. Fortunately, Portugal has many attacking options such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Leao, and Joao Felix.
Georginio Wijnaldum and Frenkie de Jong were to form one of the most attractive midfields of the World Cup. Unfortunately, the Netherlands will not have Wijnaldum on the pitch after he suffered an injury to his shin.
Louis van Gaal will now have to rely on less experienced midfielders to make up for this important loss. Wijnaldum had already played in the 2014 World Cup, where he reached third place.
Timo Werner was set to be the striker for the German giants in Qatar but suffered an ankle injury at the start of November.
In recent years, Germany has missed center forwards like Gerd Müller and Miroslav Klose. Timo Werner looked like an interesting offensive alternative for the team. In Southgate's 3-4-3 formation, his work as a wing-back was crucial.
Reece James was the best-performing right back in the world when he suffered a knee injury in October.
Fortunately, England has two elite options in Kyle Walker and Trend Alexander-Arnold to cover James' absence.
After a terrible spell at Barcelona, Coutinho regained much of his best form at English club Aston Villa.
Philippe Coutinho has been one of Brazil's most important emblems in recent years, and although he was not expected to be a starter in Qatar, he will be missed by the five-time world champion.
Undoubtedly, one of the great leaders of France, who in the past was a reference to winning the 2018 World Cup.
Pogba was the voice of command in the French midfield, and his absence, added to that of N'Golo Kanté, will take away France's chances of repeating as great world champions.