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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

2006 World Cup Injury Round Up

Everyone's fit. Well, most people are fit, except these big name/important players :

Rooney (England) - his Doctor was sacked, Beckham is doing a good job of talking up England's chances without him, there's still a good chance he will miss the whole tournament.

Smicer (Czech Republic) - Still struggling with the injury that kept him out of the latter stages of Bordeaux's season. Becoming less and less likely he'll recover.

Shevchenko (Ukraine) - Almost certain to be fit for the World Cup group games, but has ruled himself out of Ukraine's match against Costa Rica. Incidentally, any one who likes a bet should still be looking at Shevchenko as a potential top goalscorer.

Roque Santa Cruz (Paraguay) - Pretty much the only Paraguayian player anyone has ever heard of has tendonitis of the knee. He missed much of the Bundesliga season and, despite denials, looks a doubt for the opening World Cup match at the very least.

Johan Vonlanthen (Switzerland) - Swiss wunderkid Vonlanthen - who has been predicted to be one of the young stars of the 2006 World Cup - has damaged a hamstring and is now
a doubt for the Finals.

Claudio Reyna (United States) - The always injury prone USA captain limped off after their game against Morocco this week and is hoping that a scan will provide positive news ahead of the Finals in June. Certainly Reyna is a quality player, but the Americans have cover in midfield, so this isn't an England without Rooney type situation.

posted by mark_s at 5:09 PM


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