Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic
With the World Cup semifinal kicking off on Tuesday afternoon, bettors should be aware of all injuries and suspensions before placing a wager.
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Here’s a look at all the latest status updates for France-Belgium and England-Croatia.
All updates as of Monday, July 9th at 2:15 p.m. ET
France-Belgium (Tuesday, 2 p.m. ET)
One of France’s reserve defenders, Djibril Sidibe, is likely out for the semifinal but has only appeared in one match so far throughout the tournament anyway.
Samuel Umtiti, a starting center back for France, is dealing with a leg injury but should be fine for the match vs. Belgium.
Thomas Meunier of Belgium is the only player suspended for either semifinal match and it’s a key piece missing. He’s been a solid outside midfielder/defender throughout the tournament so head coach Roberto Martinez will have to shuffle things once again. The suspension is even more frustrating considering the fact Meunier went 327 minutes in between yellow cards, and the first one was highly questionable anyways.
England-Croatia (Wednesday, 2 p.m. ET)
Croatia is dealing with a number of injuries after winning their second straight match in a penalty shootout.
Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic pulled his hamstring late in the quarterfinal vs. Russia and stayed in to earn his second straight PK victory. He’ll likely start against England but hamstring injuries don’t magically go away, so that will surely be one to keep an eye on.
On the right side of defense, Šime Vrsaljko (knee) is doubtful and will likely be replaced by Vedran Corluka in the starting lineup.
Up front, Mario Mandzukic is expected to start, but he went down with injury a number of times against Russia, so his fitness should be monitored.
For England, midfielder Jordan Henderson came off late in the quarterfinal against Sweden with a hamstring issue and is questionable for Wednesday’s match against Croatia.
Forward Jamie Vardy (groin) is doubtful but he hasn’t made much of an impact so far this tourney.
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is also dealing with a bruised thumb but will surely start the semifinal.
Fortunately neither team has any players suspended for the semifinal, and the only way to be suspended for the final is to earn a red card this game. There has been a strange development for Croatia, though, with assistant coach Ognjen Vukojevic being fired due to posting a “Glory to Ukraine” video after the match against Russia. It’s difficult to gauge whether this will affect the team or not, but it’s not the best distraction to have nonetheless.