Paulo Dybala could miss the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with Argentina due to a “very bad” injury he sustained during Roma’s Serie A match against Lecce over the weekend.
Dybala’s chances of competing in the World Cup this winter are in jeopardy after pulling up with a muscle injury as he scored the winning penalty for Roma against Lecce on Sunday.
Although the forward was credited with a goal, there was no happy ending for him because it appeared he had injured himself.
Jose Mourinho has acknowledged that Paulo Dybala probably won’t be able to play for Roma again this year.
Dybala suffered an unexpected injury. The Argentine appeared to pull up with a muscle issue as he converted the game-winning penalty, necessitating an urgent substitution.
The Sun said that Dybala pushed himself to his feet while holding the left leg he had used to score Roma’s second goal in the 48th minute.
Moments after Dybala walked up to tuck in the winner, everything appeared to be going perfectly.
However, the Roma star soon began to show signs of agony. His teammates rushed to applaud him, but the Argentine’s mood quickly altered as he groaned and gripped his thigh.
He was changed right away, and it was clear that he was limping off as he left the field.
He appeared to be in pain even after Mourinho took him off, as physios were seen applying ice to his leg.
Roma were able to cling on for the victory, but they might be without their star player until after the World Cup in Qatar this winter.
Immediately after the match at the Stadio Olimpico, Mourinho disclosed the full extent of Dybala’s injury. The attacker might no longer be able to compete in games for a while.
The Roma manager stated, “Instead of saying it looks bad, I’ll claim it doesn’t. Unfortunately, it appears to be more on the verge of being bad than good.
I’m not a doctor, and I haven’t spoken with the doctor, but from experience and from what I’ve heard from Paulo, it’s tough [to see him again before the end of the year].”
The World Cup begins on November 20, although each nation must announce its final 26-man roster seven days earlier.
Due to this and the apparent seriousness of his injury, Dybala is in a race against time to get back in shape.
With six victories from their first nine games, Roma’s victory on Sunday moves them up to fifth in the Serie A standings.
Mourinho was disappointed that his squad had to fight so hard to defeat a team who had played with 10 men for the majority of the game.
Argentina, the presumptive favorite to win the 2022 World Cup, could suffer a severe setback due to Dybala’s injury.