Saudi Arabia coach Herve Renard confirms his World Cup squad for Qatar

Saudi Arabia captain Salman Al-Faraj DOES make his nation’s World Cup squad after the midfielder suffered a shoulder injury in their friendly win over Iceland last weekend

  • Saudi Arabia manager Herve Renard has named his final World Cup squad 
  • Renard includes skipper Salman Al-Faraj despite suffering a shoulder injury 
  • The Falcons are in Group C with Argentina, Nigeria and Poland in Qatar 

Saudi Arabia coach Herve Renard named Al-Hilal midfielder Salman Al-Faraj in his 26-man squad for the World Cup, despite sustaining a shoulder injury in a friendly on Sunday.

Al-Faraj, the national team captain, was taken off at halftime during Saudi Arabia’s 1-0 win over Iceland, but he will be fit for the tournament, Renard said.

‘About Salman, we were scared, I think like all Saudi fans, when he fell down and was not able to continue the game. He has something in the shoulder, there is pain but it will be okay in a few days,’ the French coach said in a video posted by the Saudi team on Twitter on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia manager Herve Renard has named his final squad for the World Cup in Qatar 

Renard called up two goalkeepers – Mohamed Al-Owais and Nawaf Al-Aqidi – who are not first choices for Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr respectively. The third keeper, Mohamed Al-Yami, plays for second-tier Al-Ahly.

Saudi Arabia will play in Group C in Qatar along with Argentina, Mexico and Poland.


Goalkeepers: Mohamed Al-Owais (Al-Hilal), Nawaf Al-Aqidi (Al-Nassr), Mohamed Al-Yami (Al-Ahly)

Defenders: Yasser Al-Shahrani (Al-Hilal), Ali Al-Bulaihi (Al-Hilal), Abdulelah Al-Amri (Al-Nassr), Abdullah Madu (Al-Nassr), Hassan Tambakti (Al-Shabab), Sultan Al-Ghanam (Al-Nassr), Mohammed Al-Breik (Al-Hilal), Saud Abdulhamid (Al-Hilal)

Midfielders: Salman Al-Faraj (Al-Hilal), Riyadh Sharahili (Abha), Ali Al-Hassan (Al-Nassr), Mohamed Kanno (Al-Hilal), Abdulelah Al-Malki (Al-Hilal), Sami Al-Najei (Al-Nassr), Abdullah Otayf (Al-Hilal), Nasser Al-Dawsari (Al-Hilal), Abdulrahman Al-Aboud (Ittihad), Salem Al-Dawsari (Al-Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al-Shabab)

Forwards: Fahad Al-Muwallad (Al-Shabab), Haitham Asiri (Al-Ahly), Saleh Al-Shehri (Al-Hilal) Firas Al-Buraikan (Al-Fateh) (Reporting by Ahmed Maher in Cairo Editing by Christian Radnedge)

Midfielder Salman Al-Faraj has been included despite suffering a shoulder injury on Sunday 

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