Qualification for UEFA Euro 2024 is almost over, with 21 of the 24 teams at the tournament now confirmed.
The final three spots will be taken by the play-off winners, which will be decided in March 2024.
As a result, national team managers will now be planning on how they want to set up during the competition and which players are in the running for selection.
The Euro 2024 draw will also play a role in their thinking as each manager drafts up their tactical blueprint for the group stages.
However, one thing out of their control is the availability of their eligible players. Although most players will expect to be fully fit for the tournament, there are always a handful of stars cruelly denied the chance to represent their country due to injury and Euro 2024 is no different.
What players will miss Euro 2024 with injury?
Although the tournament is still a long way off, there are a number of players already at risk of missing out on selection due to injury.
Chelsea defender Wesley Fofana may not have been selected for France anyway, due to the array of centre-back talent at Didier Deschamps’ disposal, but he may be ruled out entirely after suffering an ACL injury during the summer.
The Frenchman is expected to recover before the tournament, but his injury track record means that nothing is certain.
Spain’s Gavi recently picked up an ACL injury too, while on international duty in November. The Barcelona midfielder could miss up to 10 months of action and he is extremely likely to miss Euro 2024 through injury.
Ivan Perisic (Croatia) and Tyrone Mings (England) both have ACL injuries as well and are at risk of missing Euro 2024 through injury. The latter may find his spot within Gareth Southgate’s squad has been taken by the likes of Marc Guehi, Levi Colwill and Fikayo Tomori in any case.
Austria look almost certain to be without their captain David Alaba, who tore his ACL just a week before Christmas. It was the third ACL tear of the season at Real Madrid, after Eder Militao and Thibaut Courtois suffered the same injury.
The latter has now confirmed that he will not be in Belgium’s squad for the Euros. He told Sporza, as per Fabrizio Romano, in December 2023: “If I’m lucky I can play one game in May, but I won’t force it – and I will not go to the Euros”.
“Real Madrid have made it very clear that they want me to recover 100% and certainly not to make a comeback too early. I don’t want to betray that trust.”
Sandro Tonali (Italy) will miss Euro 2024 due to a worldwide ban for illegal betting, while Paul Pogba (France) will also skip the finals due to a worldwide ban for a failed doping test in August 2023 after a game between Juventus and Udinese.
We have not included Tonali and Pogba in the list as they are not absent due to an injury.