On the back of Didier Drogba missing out on the World Cup, another Premiership star has been ruled out. In just their first training session in Rustenburg, England’s captain Rio Ferdinand injured his knee in a collision with Emile Heskey and was rushed to hospital for an urgent scan. He left a couple of hours later on crutches and it has been reported that he too is now ruled out of the competition. This would have been his 4th World Cup appearance, however it is not to be. Michael Dawson of Spurs will now be hastily be called up, and will be on the next plane to Johannesburg.
This is the culmination of a frustrating season for Ferdinand who missed a lot of the last Premiership season with a back complaint.