Mitrović for World Cup, Serbia

Mitrović ready to risk injury for World Cup, Serbia manager says

My Football FactsArticles

By Martin Graham | 16th Nov 2022

Serbia national team manager Dragan Stojkovic has revealed Aleksandr Mitrović’s determination to travel with the team to Qatar despite battling a groin injury.

The Fulham striker suffered an injury in late October and has been in a race against time to be fit for the which will be held in Qatar. It has also been recorded that he had been playing with a foot injury since the September international break.

However, Stojkovic is certain that his star striker will be fit enough for the tournament where they will take on Brazil, Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G an especially tough group.

“Mitrovic will go to the World Cup without a leg. We can even shorten his head,” the Serbia manager joked. “We still have time to change some things, but I highly doubt there will be any.

“Mitrovic can go to Qatar with one foot, why not? To be unique with a player who plays with one leg, like no one else in the world.”

Mitrović has carried over his fine form from the Championship to the Premier League this season, netting nine goals in 12 appearances. This is a pleasant surprise for fans, who watched him perform brilliantly in the championship and struggle to make things happen in the Premier League in Fulham’s last stint.

His injuries prevented him from lining up against Manchester United last weekend and it was a huge miss as the Red Devils beat the Cottagers at their home, thanks to a dying minute Alejandro Garnacho goal.

Fulham manager Marco Silva, has termed the defeat as cruel. This outcome is not reflective of the performance that Fulham put into the game.

“It’s really tough,” he began. “A cruel game for us. Unfortunately the second in a row against two Manchester sides, even if the last game was slightly different. The way we played, the way we performed, we deserved more form the game.

“We have to learn from the moments because we can never lose the focus against these types of sides. We lost it in some moments, they can punish you. United came here and they play almost all the moments in counter-attack trying to explore.

“It’s tough to take because I think we did OK first half and the second half was really good for ourselves. We were probably the team closer to doing something more and then came the late goal which punished us.

“This is the Premier League and if you lose focus then in one second they can punish you. This is the reality and you have to learn.”

Serbia will miss the 28-year-old if he fails to recover on time but they will also be going with Dusan Vlahovic, who is enjoying a good run in Juventus at the moment. Vlahovic has also hit the ground running for his national team and will be hungry to make a statement in front of the whole world.

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

Israel & Great Britain Football Connections
Israel's Historic Football Connections with the United Kingdom
EPL Matchday 14
English Premier League Matchday 14 Highlights
EPL Matchday 13
English Premier League Matchday 13 Highlights
Football Fan Culture: Traditions and Celebrations Around the Globe
Football Fan Culture - Traditions and Celebrations Around the Globe
Everton vs. Manchester United: Premier League Match Preview
Everton vs. Manchester United - Premier League Match Preview
Euro 2024 Germany
Euro 2024: Charting the Qualifiers, Group Dynamics, and Play-off Quests
Predicting the Unpredictable: Dark Horses of the Premier League 2023-24
Predicting the Unpredictable - Dark Horses of the Premier League 2023-24
5 Things That You're Doing Wrong in Football Betting
5 Things That You're Doing Wrong in Football Betting
Jude Bellingham wins Golden Boy Award
Jude Bellingham Claims Prestigious Golden Boy Award
How Likely Is It That Everton Will Be Relegated?
Everton Football Club Hit With Record 10-Point Deduction
Famous Football Faces Who Love to Play Poker
Famous Football Faces Who Love to Play Poker
England Strikers 2023 England v Malta
England's Striking Trio Poised to Fire Against Malta
English Premier League Matchday 12 Highlights
English Premier League Matchday 12 Highlights
Doing Research for Football Betting the Right Way
All You Need to Know About the Indonesian Football League
Doing Research for Football Betting the Right Way
Doing Research for Football Betting the Right Way
EPL Matchday 11
English Premier League Matchday 11 Highlights
English Premier League Matchday 10 Highlights
English Premier League Matchday 10 Highlights
EPL Matchday 9 Highlights
English Premier League Matchday 9 Highlights
What makes soccer so popular among Canadian gamblers?
What makes Soccer so Popular among Canadian Gamblers?
EURO 2024 Qualifications
UEFA Euro 2024: Qualification Status and Play-off Scenarios
Faith in Youth: The 7 Next-Gen Talents to Shine at Euro 2024 & Beyond
Faith in Youth: The 7 Next-Gen Talents to Shine at Euro 2024 & Beyond
Breaking Barriers: The Best of Britain in Serie A History
Breaking Barriers - The Best of Britain in Serie A History
Mitrović ready to risk injury for World Cup, Serbia manager says, My Football Facts
England v Italy Euro 2024 Qualifiers - A Preview
Premier League Matchday 8 Highlights
English Premier League Matchday 8 Highlights
Premier League 2023-24 Matchday 7 Highlights
English Premier League Matchday 7 Highlights
Rui Pinto’s Justice and Trial
Rui Pinto’s Justice and Trial
List of English Football Trophies
A Glittering Legacy: Comprehensive Guide to English Football Trophies
Best Manchester City Players of All Time
Best Manchester City Players of All Time
Is a Chelsea Relegation Battle Already on the Cards?
Is a Chelsea Relegation Battle Already on the Cards?
Harry Kane Hat Trick
Harry Kane's Hat-Trick Propels Bayern Munich to a 7-0 Victory
The North London Derby: A Clash of Titans
The North London Derby: A Clash of Titans
Can a Champions League rookie upset the Premier League establishment?
Can a Champions League rookie upset the Premier League establishment?
Everton Takeover: A New Dawn for the Toffees?
Everton Takeover: A New Dawn for the Toffees?
Soccer vs. Football: Understanding the Key Differences
Soccer vs. Football: Understanding the Key Differences
What's Behind Women's World Cup Popularity?
What's Behind Women's World Cup Popularity?
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
Archives