England: King in World Cup K.O.
By Football Talk.
England’s World Cup campaign has been dealt another major blow after Ledley King has been ruled out for 3 weeks with a groin injury, according to Sky Sports News. The Tottenham defender started England’s opening World Cup game on Saturday against the USA, but was forced off at half-time with a tear to his groin.
England medical staff had been monitoring King’s situation closely for 24 hours and there were hopes the injury was not that serious. But now it appears that King will be ruled out for 3 weeks, all but ending his World Cup participation.
Fabio Capello cannot call up a replacement, leaving Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher, West Ham’s Matthew Upson and fellow Tottenham defender Michael Dawson to fight it out for a place in the starting eleven for England’s next match with Algeria on Friday. Carragher looks to be the favourite after coming on to replace King at half time against the USA.
King’s injury comes after England captain Rio Ferdinand was ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury just before the tournament began. Tottenham’s Michael Dawson was called-up to replace the Manchester United stopper, while King was drafted in to fill the void at the back for England. Now Fabio Capello will have to do without two of his first three-choice central defenders.
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