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Saturday, April 29, 2006

World Cup Fitness Concerns

Just a quick round up of some of the players who are currently injured in the lead up to the World Cup Finals.

Michael Owen (England) - apparently fit and may appear as sub for Newcastle United today. A definite for the England squad. Let's face it, even if he had only nine toes, they'd claim "the 10th is growing back and Michael should be back to his best for the World Cup"

Ashley Cole (England) - Has played about 1 game this season. Expect him to play 1 more then be picked for the England squad. His understudy Wayne Bridge (who has proven himself not to be a particularly great player over the last season or so) is also returning from injury.

Jan Koller (Czech Republic) - Injured for most of the season, but it's now looking possible that he may make it back in time for the World Cup. 40 goals in 66 internationals make him an important player for the Czechs and a damn fine each way bet for top goalscorer.

Tim Cahill (Australia) - Currently avoiding flying champagne bottles thrown by those loveable, chirpy scousers, Cahill has a knee ligament injury. Everton want him to be fully recovered and despite the usual positive talk, it looks likely he won't make the World Cup. A big blow for Australia.

Mark Schwarzer (Australia) - Fractured cheekbones are not enough to keep Schwarzer out of the Australia team. Injured but will recover in time for Germany this summer.

Ledley King (England) - A recent metatarsal break has kept him out of the last couple of Tottenham matches. Spurs are claiming that he'll be OK for the World Cup. I doubt it. I hope he makes it as he's a versatile and classy player but no one with a metatarsal injury ever seems to recover as quickly as they thought they would.

posted by mark_s at 9:51 AM


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