Yes, his injury caused him to lighten his competitive load, so future hall of famer Feijen didn't earn one of the automatic qualifying spots, which went to Filler, Vandenberg and Souquet. Shaw was US Open 9-ball champion and was, therefore, an obvious wild-card choice and most felt that the final choice came down to Albin Ouschan and David Alcaide. Coach Chamat's choice was Alcaide, and David justified the choice by playing superb pool at the 2017 Mosconi Cup.
Though Souquet and Archer have many more Mosconi appearances, Niels might just be the best ever player at the Mosconi and I'm sure he'll be back on Team Europe soon enough.
What was the nature of Neil's elbow injure and when did it happen?