Jun 11, 2010
The 2010 World Cup tournament due to start tonight at midnight Melbourne time has been hit by injuries to a number of star players which will rob the month long tournament of some highly skilled footballers.
German captain Michael Ballack will miss the World Cup along with David Beckham and Rio Ferdinand from England while Ghana’s inspirational midfielder Michael Essien is also out of action for the World’s biggest sporting event held every four years.
Below are the players who will not play because of injury and we have included players who are doubtful for their Country as the World Cup is finally ready to rumble this weekend in South Africa.
World Cup Injury List
Rio Ferdinand, England
England Captain Ferdinand injured his knee during the Three Lions first major training session on Friday in South Africa.
David Beckham, England
England’s most high profile player injured his Achilles tendon in a club game for AC Milan back in March.
Lassana Diarra, France
The French midfielder has complained of constant stomach ailments since the week-long training camp for France players in the Swiss Alps in May and he has been advised to take an extended break.
Michael Ballack, Germany
The German Captain injured his ankle thanks to a very late tackled by Ghana’s Kevin-Prince Boateng during the first half of Chelsea’s Fa Cup Final win against Portsmouth in May.
Rene Adler, Germany
Germany’s preferred goalkeeper required surgery to his ribs in May and will not be able to participate in the tournament.
Simon Rolfes, Germany
The Midfielder has failed to gain the required match fitness and has not recovered in time since knee surgery In January.
Christian Traesch, Germany
The Midfielder injuring his ankle in a friendly during the Germans training camp in Italy.
Heiko Westermann, Germany
The Defender fractured a bone in his foot whilst playing a practice match over Hungary earlier this month.
Michael Essien, Ghana
The Ghana Midfielder injured his knee at the African Nations Cup last January and he has been unable to get up for the World Cup.
John Obi Mikel, Nigeria
The Midfielder has a badly bruised ankle that occurred during Nigeria’s first major training session last Friday in South Africa.
Jose Boswinga Portugal
Boswinga required further surgery to a knee problem and was unable to be considered for the World Cup.
Miroslav Karhan, Slovakia
The most capped player for Slovakia suffered a hamstring injury and will not compete at his country’s debut World Cup appearance.
Players with World Cup Injury Concerns
Harry Kewell, Australia
The Australian star has had little game time since December and while reports are he will be fine to play, a persistent groin injury is causing some concern.
Humberto Suazo, Chile
Chile’s leading forward is in doubt for their opening World Cup clash against Honduras and even the Switzerland game due to a hamstring problem.
Andrea Pirlo, Italy
The Italian midfielder will most likely not play in Italy’s first game with Paraguay and could be some doubt for the tournament, after suffering an injured calf in the friendly loss to Italy last week.
Didier Drogba, Ivory Coast
The Ivory Coast’s big striker copped a severe blow to his elbow in a friendly against Japan last Friday which required surgery and Drogba remains in doubt to play in the World Cup.
Arjen Robben, Netherlands
The Dutch Winger will be scanned to try and determine how badly he injured his hamstring during the Netherlands’s 6-1 belting of Hungary On Saturday.
Tim Brown, New Zealand
The New Zealand Vice-Captain fractured his shoulder in a friendly with Australia in May and there are concerns he will not fully recover in time.
Lee Dong-Guk, South Korea
The South Korean Striker is likely to miss their opening game with Greece due to a thigh injury.
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