Heartbreak for Theo Corbeanu as Wolves youngster is overlooked for Canada World Cup squad
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Heartbreak for Theo Corbeanu as Wolves youngster is overlooked for Canada World Cup squad

Wolves youngster Theo Corbeanu has been overlooked for Canada’s World Cup squad.

John Herdman has today announced his squad for the tournament in Qatar, and sadly there is no place in the 26 for the Wanderers attacker.

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Corbeanu is currently on a season-long loan at Blackpool.

It was decided by Molineux officials that the next step for the 20-year-old was to get regular football in the Championship, having had stints at Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons in League One last term.

Corbeanu has so far made 18 appearances for the Tangerines for a total of 874 minutes on the pitch.

Since around mid-October though, he hasn’t quite been as involved as he was at the start of the season.

Since the 3-1 win over Watford on October 8, Corbeanu has made just four appearances for the club, playing 90 minutes just once.

He has been an unused substitute four times, the latest occasion being at the weekend against Wigan Athletic.

It would appear Corbeanu’s lack of game time of late has cost him.

Herdman’s eight forward players are Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Jonathan David (Lille), Cyle Larin (Club Brugge), Ike Ugbo (Troyes), Lucas Cavallini (Vancouver Whitecaps), Tajon Buchanan (Club Brugge), Junior Hoilett (Reading), Liam Millar (Basel).

Corbeanu will not have the chance to represent his country in Qatar and add to the seven caps he already has.

The last of those caps came back in September in a friendly match against Uruguay.

It is a real shame for Corbeanu, with Canada having qualified for a World Cup finals for the first time since 1986.

Theo Corbeanu will be gutted by Canada snub, but Wolves youngster must use setback as fuel going forwards

It was always going to be touch and go for Corbeanu regarding his potential to be selected for Canada’s World Cup squad.

It is really unfortunate he hasn’t been called up.

He got off to a great start at Bloomfield Road, scoring three goals in his first eight Championship games.

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But the minutes have decreased for him over the last month or so, which is something he really didn’t need having been a player on the fringes of the national team.

Hopefully, he will now respond in the right way to this disappointment. He needs to use the snub as fuel to have a really good second half of the season.