World Cup Injury Update – May 2014

The World Cup betting odds have not changed much in the last couple of months, but there have been some key injuries where players have had their dreams of playing in Brazil dashed. Here are some key players that have been ruled out of the World Cup due to injuries.

Victor Valdes GK – Spain – While Iker Casillas is now healthy and Valdes would have been Spain’s second keeper, but he will still be missed. He is a world-class keeper and if Casillas is inured Spain may be in trouble.

Theo Walcott FW – England – Walcott suffered a serious knee injury back in January and he will not be making the trip to Brazil. England has had their woes in the last several World Cups and with Walcott not on the pitch it puts that much more pressure on Wayne Rooney.

Makoto Hasebe MF – Japan – Hasebe is the captain of the Japanese squad, who had surgery on his knee in February. He will really be missed not only because he is the captain of the squad, but also he is solid defensive MF and his services could have really been used in group play when Japan faces the offensive minded teams of Colombia and Ivory Coast.

Robbie Kruse FW – Australia – The Bayer Leverkusen forward is the Socceroos' player of the year and, by far, the best player for Australia. He suffered a knee injury in January and that was a big blow for the Aussies. Australia is a major long shot in Brazil, but without Kruse the squad has, pretty much, no chance to get out of a tough group with Brazil, Mexico, and Croatia.

Christian Benteke FW  -Belgium – Benteke’s injury may be the one that hurts his squad the most, as the striker is the offensive leader of the Belgium squad that many think have a legitimate chance to go far this summer.

Jetro Willems DF – Holland – The Dutch are known for their offensive attack and not their defense, which is why Willems’ loss hurts. He is a very young player that was having a solid season at PSV before a knee injury ruined his World Cup hopes.

Silvio DF - Portugal – The DF broke his leg in a Europa League match. Portugal is obviously led by Cristiano Ronaldo, but in the Group of Death any world-class player lost is a big one.