By, Kyle Gibson
It’s every soccer player’s dream to suit up for the FIFA World Cup Finals. From the time a player laces up the boots, the dream begins. When you’re dribbling in your back yard or garden, or playing street soccer with friends, the dream is always there. Some make it to the top and have that chance to shine. It’s always terrible in the soccer community when one of these players misses their chance to shine due to injury. Here are the top 5 (or so) guys that I’m very bummed about for either missing the World Cup, or may not be entirely healthy.
Honorable Mention- Alvaro Saborio, Costa Rica
5. Stuart Holden- United States
By every estimation a class act, the US midfielder has had trouble staying healthy for years. After rehabbing a lengthy injury, Holden again suffered an injury in March that left him out for another 6 to 9 months. It’s a big IF to say whether or not Holden will ever return to his form with the Houston Dynamo and his early days with Bolton Wanderers, but if he does, the odds for a World Cup return could be in his favor. Holden will be 32 in 2018. Crazier things have happened.
4. Luis Montes- Mexico
I’m not going to be one of those people that mentions Montes just to get clicks for the leg injury. It just doesn’t seem right. I think there was a chance for a good player to have a good World Cup and that was cut short in the game against Ecuador a few days ago. After scoring, there was a big collision that in a second, left Montes out for the World Cup. The Leon man will have to hope the rehab will bring him back stronger than ever.
3. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott
The Ox was injured in yesterday’s game against Ecuador and will be out for 10-21 days. Walcott was injured a few months back in a game against Tottenham Hotspur. Both Arsenal midfielders would have injected the pace and flair that could have really helped England in a packed group stage.
2. Luis Suarez- Uruguay
He had a chance to be the true star of the tournament, but had surgery at the end of Liverpool’s season. Oscar Tabarez said Suarez might be back by the opener. Will he be ready? We don’t know, but I doubt he will be 100 percent, which is good for Costa Rica, England and Italy, but bad for the soccer world.
1. Rodamel Falcao- Colombia
One of the best strikers in the world. The Monaco man suffered an ACL tear in January and his rehab could not get him back in time. It’s a shame that we won’t get to see him playing against the Ivory Coast in what should have been an epic match. He also wold have torn Greece apart.