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Breaking News: 2010 World Cup Updates

[Posted 04 Jun 2010]
Breaking News: 2010 World Cup Updates

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Ivory Coast win friendly,but sweat over Drogba injury

Ivory Coast's 2-0 victory over fellow World Cup participants Japan came at a cost. Key player and captain Didier Drogba had to leave the stadium in excruciating pain after colliding with Japan central defender Tulio in the 15th minute in a friendly match played in Sion, Switzerland today.

The extent of Drogba's injury could not be ascertained at the time of this publication. The Elephants' coach Sven-Goran Erikson confirmed that he was very worried and fears losing his star player before the World Cup kicks off.

"It's an elbow injury for sure. How bad it is, I don't know. He had a lot of pain.Of course I am worried, he's our captain and one of the best players in the world," the former England boss Erikson was quoted as saying by FIFA.com.

Drogba had just put the Ivory Coast 1-0 ahead of Japan when the unfortunate injury cut short his participation in the friendly match in Sion. The Chelsea striker has been in sparkling form his club whom he helped win their first double in English soccer after winning the Barclays English Premier league championship and the FA Cup in which Drogba scored a stunning free-kick against David James of Portsmouth in Chelsea's 1-0 final victory.

Losing Drobga at this stage will be a big blow to Ivory Coast's aspirations at this year's World Cup.


New and old injury worries for England

There is a feeling that the England camp at the Royal Bafokeng Palace training pitches looks more like a rehabilitation centre than a soccer camp. Coach Fabio Capello brought many a players with injury worries to South Africa. There are question marks over Gareth Barry's fitness. The midfielder was named in the final 23 by Capello despite the fact that he injured his ankle ligaments in a match between Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester City on 5 May. Defender Ledley King is another injury worry for Capello. The injury-prone talented defender who captains Spurs in the premiership has troubled knees. Both King and Barry managed to train with the rest of the squad today. First choice goalkeeper David James set out the training today due to a 'minor' knee problem.

Now Capello has to brace himself for yet another devastating injury to key defender Rio Ferdinand. The Manchester United captain suffered a knee injury which required him to be put on clutches with a heavily bandaged knee when he left hospital after this morning's training session. Whether this was just a precautionary measure or indication of a serious problem remains to be seen. The fact that Michael Dawson of Tottenham Hotspurs had to be placed on standby might be telling of a big problem on Capello's hands. Ferdinand is England's captain at this year's World Cup.


South Africa's injured duo return to full training

First choice goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and left-back Tshepo Masilela are back at training with the rest of the squad. Khune had injured his back in an aerial tussle in a friendly match against Colombia at the Soccer City Stadium which Bafana won 2-1. Masilela who also suffered a leg injury in the same match has also started full training.

The injured duo's return to training is good news for Bafana ahead of their friendly match against Denmark at the Super Stadium tomorrow. However, both Khune and Masilela nolonger enjoy the luxury of just walking back into the team's strating line-up. They are likely to find it hard to break into the team given the form showed by their replacements goalkeeper Moneeb Josephs and defender Lucas Thwala. Coach Parreira is set to start the Denmark match with Josephs and Thwala tomorrow.


Ghana's Appiah declares himself ready for selection

The Black Stars of Ghana's captain Steven Appiah is spitting the fire of confidence ahead of the Stars' opening game against Serbia on 13 June.

Speaking on the BBC's African Sports programme, Fast Track, Appiah stated that he is match-fit, has the necessary experience and has nothing to prove to anyone in this game.

"I think that I don't have anything to demonstrate to anybody," declares the Ghana captain.

"I know myself, I have played a lot of games, played in the World Cup before and in the game against Holland I proved to people that I am okay", Appiah added.

Ghana have always surpassed people's expectations at major tournaments. Despite missing star player, Michael Essien of Chelsea through injury, there is every possibility that the Black Stars could go all the way to the quarter-finals stage of the World Cup this year. In the 2006 finals, Ghana gave the best performance by any African representative against all expectations. They repeated the same feat at this year's African Nations Cup, where with a relatively young and inexperienced team, they went all the way to the final where they lost 0-1 to Egypt. Ghana also beat Brazil on penalties at the World Under 20 finals, becoming the first African team of that age-group to achieve that milestone.


Mexico stun Italy

Bafana Bafana's first opponents at the World Cup, Mexico, bounced back (from their 1-3 defeat to England at Wembley) in style with a thrilling 2-1 victory over defending World Champions Italy in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday.

The Mexicans whose fast-paced type of game exposed the sloppy marking of the Italian defence, scored first through Carlos Vela in the 16th Minute. Vela dispossesed Giovanni with such worrying ease, and cooly placed the ball beyond veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon's reach. The Italian keeper was again left exposed in the 80th minute when substitute Alberto Medina beat a poorly timed off-side trap by the Azzuri defence to score Mexico's second goal from a tight angle. Italy rallied behind too late to change the damage, and they only managed to pull one goal back through defender Leonardo Bonucci who pounced on a Salvatore Bocchetti's strike which had ricocheted from the upright post.

Mexico are now oozing with confidence and will hope to carry that form into their World Cup opener against hosts South Africa on 11 June under the intimdating atmosphere of the Soccer City Stadium, and the barrage of the vuvuzela sounds from the home team's soccer-mad fans. This should set the stage for a very interesting affair between two teams in great form.

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