Polish goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski suffers horrific injury and will miss the World Cup

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Poland goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski suffered a horrific injury just nine days before the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Dragowski was in action for Spezia for their Serie A clash against Verona. In the 38th minute, the Poland international rushed in an attempt to clear the ball but ran into Verona man Kevin Lasagna.

The close resulted in Dragowski’s leg getting trapped under Lasagna and the goalkeeper suffering a horrific ankle injury.

Dragowski was seen screaming in pain and was reduced to tears as his teammates rushed to console the 25-year-old.

The La Spezia goalkeeper was due to travel to Qatar for the world Cup after being named in Poland’s 26-man squad.

Although Juventus’ Wojciech Szczesny was the first choice, Dragowski had shown good form this season and saw himself as a real challenger for the No.1 shirt.

At the time of Dragowski’s injury, Spezia trailed 1-0 after a 30th-minute goal from Simone Verdi. Spezia staged a fiery second-half comeback as a brace from M’Bala Nzola earned the visitors a 2-1 win.

For the World Cup, Poland are in Group C alongside Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Argentina.

Argentina, managed by Lionel Messi, are the favorites of the group, while Mexico and Poland will also have the chance to qualify for the knockout stages.

Robert Lewandowski and Piotr Zielinski are two outstanding players in the Poland national team who could help the team qualify for the knockout stages.

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This year’s World Cup is the first to be contested in a league season and it has been lambasted by many fans and former players.

Former Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher said on CBS Sports: “I think it’s an absolute shame that the World Cup is in the position it is in, for many reasons.

“The players who spend their whole lives dreaming of playing in a World Cup and who could now be [out injured] – as we’ve seen with Son and players around the world.

“Varane was crying as he walked off the pitch at Stamford Bridge. That’s how close we are to a World Cup.

“An injury, a 10-day injury or a two-week injury, is going to prevent players from participating in a World Cup and that shouldn’t happen.

“And it all started with FIFA giving the World Cup to Qatar and then moving it. I think that’s absolutely disgusting.


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