Rio Ferdinand injured himself in England's first practice in South Africa.
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World Cup Today: Ferdinand out, Drogba a doubt

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Blame It on Rio

Let’s hope you haven’t filled out your World Cup pool yet because things are changing every day. Several teams suffered massive blows on Friday.

First, the US’ chances in the opening game perhaps just got a little easier, when England captain Rio Ferdinand was ruled out of World Cup after injuring his left knee.

The Manchester United center back reportedly damaged ligaments during the team’s first training session in South Africa.

Tottenham defender Michael Dawson, who was part of the 30-man preliminary squad, was called in as a replacement.

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard was named as captain by coach Fabio Capello. 

DD Done?

Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba suffered a broken elbow in the Elephants’ friendly with Japan on Thursday, and according to various sources, he will not take part in the World Cup.

Teammate Kolo Toure told the AP that Drogba expressed himself resolutely about his chances.

"For him, he said, the World Cup is finished," Toure said.

However, l'Equipe is reporting that Drogba plans to have surgery, which could have him back on the field in 10 days. And Ivory Coast coach Sven-Goran Eriksson told the AP that Drogba's exclusion is “not sure yet.”

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