October 2023: Identifying 5 Players Affected by the FIFA Virus


Bola.net – Football competitions around the world are on a short break. This is because FIFA is currently holding an international break for October 2023.

In this international break there are several important agendas. These include Euro 2024 qualifications, 2026 World Cup qualifications and several test matches.

This international break always makes the club anxious. Because the players who are called to defend the national team are each susceptible to injury.

As with previous international breaks, a number of players were injured while representing their country this month. Some of them are top European club players.

Below we present several players who had the misfortune of being injured during the international break in October 2023. Anyone? Check out the complete list below.

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1. Casemiro

October 2023: Identifying 5 Players Affected by the FIFA Virus

Manchester United midfielder Casemiro. (c) AP Photo/Dave Thompson

Casemiro appeared as a starter when Brazil faced Venezuela in the 2026 World Cup qualifying event for the CONMEBOL zone. However, he was withdrawn midway through the second half.

Casemiro could not continue the match due to injury. The Manchester United midfielder suffered an injury to his ankle.

It is not yet certain how serious Casemiro’s injury is. However, it is doubtful that he will be able to appear in the match against Uruguay in the middle of the week.

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2. Andrew Robertson

2. Andrew Robertson

Andrew Robertson (second from right) in action in the Brighton vs Liverpool match in the eighth week of the 2023/2024 Premier League at Falmer Stadum, Sunday (08/10/2023) evening WIB. (c) AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali

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Liverpool got bad news. Andrew Robertson reportedly suffered an injury while carrying out his duties defending the Scottish national team.

Robertson appeared as a starter for Scotland against Spain in the Euro 2024 qualifiers. Unfortunately he only played around 44 minutes.

Robertson suffered a shoulder injury after colliding with Spanish goalkeeper Unai Simon. Robertson’s injury should make Liverpool worried.

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3. Armando Broja

3. Armando Broja

Chelsea striker Armando Broja with manager Mauricio Pochettino. (c) AP Photo/Kin Cheung

Armando Broja has appeared for Chelsea after suffering a serious knee injury. Broja then received a call to defend the Albanian national team during this international break.

However, Broja failed to defend the Albanian national team. He had to be sent back to Chelsea because his condition made it impossible for him to play.

“I have bad news with Broja. He only trained with our team for two days then we had to send him home,” said Albaia national team coach Sylvinho as quoted The Metro.

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4. Cole Palmer

4. Cole Palmer

Celebration of Chelsea player, Cole Palmer, in the Burnley vs Chelsea match in Week 8 of the 2023/2024 Premier League (c) Instagram/chelseafc

Armando Broja is not the only Chelsea player who lost on FIFA Matchday October 2023. The Blues also lost Cole Palmer.

During this international break, Palmer received a call to play for the England U-21 national team. He appeared as a starter against the Serbia U-21 national team.

However, in that match, Palmer had to leave the field quickly. The former Manchester City player suffered an injury to his thigh.

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5. Gavi

5. Gavi

The duel between Scottish midfielder, Scott McTominay (left) and Spanish midfielder, Gavi on matchday 7 of Group A Euro 2024 Qualification, Friday (13/10/2023) WIB. (c) AP Photo/Jose Breton

Bad news also hit Barcelona during this international break. Midfielder Gavi was injured while defending the Spanish national team.

Gavi joined La Roja to face two matches against Scotland and Norway in the Euro 2024 Qualifiers. Gavi suffered an injury during training.

This injury is clearly a major blow for Barcelona. The reason is, the Blaugrana have lost many players due to injury.