Drogba Injured; Rio Out

Didier Drogba injured against Japan with a reported fractured elbow:

Drogba Update: Unconfirmed reports say Drogba’s elbow now not fractured — TSG is going to sit back and wait until a few confirmed reports come in.

Ferdinand Update: Rio Ferdinand out of the World Cup. Michael Dawson takes his place. Steven Gerrard, not John Terry, named team captain.

In other news, TSG will issue it’s World Cup pool shortly (news like the aforementioned is why I wait till the last minute).

25 responses to this post.

  1. Come on Drogba! It’s just an arm – you don’t even need it in football! Twitter buzz that he’s opting for some kind of surgery. If you’re Sven, what’s the point of replacing Drogs if he can possibly play?


  2. Throw a soft cast on that mother, Drogballs. I want to see your beautiful hair flowing in this year’s tournament.


  3. Posted by moosecat on 2010/06/04 at 8:55 AM



  4. Posted by John on 2010/06/04 at 9:01 AM

    The last thing Drogba needs is a club on his arm if he gets mad at a call. I would like to see him playing though.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/06/04 at 9:01 AM

      Good one Didier “Deacon” Drogba


      • Posted by John on 2010/06/04 at 9:10 AM

        Pirlo possibly out with Calf concern.


        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/06/04 at 9:24 AM

          That’s probably a good thing for Italy.

          The Italians will rue taking a squad THAT old. Camorenesi isn’t even fit and they took him. Bad move, but I guess a soft round makes them think they’ll get through without fitness concerns.


    • Posted by John on 2010/06/04 at 9:25 AM

      Inter striker Diego Milito gave Argentina a scare on Thursday by limping out of a training session in Pretoria with a knock to his right ankle. Albiceleste officials later confirmed that Milito had suffered a sprain, although they were at pains to point out the injury was a light one.


      • Posted by John on 2010/06/04 at 9:34 AM

        Incidentally (because I noticed it somwhere) the age lists of teams in the WC are out and the winners are….

        Oldest Top 5

        England – 28.7 Brazil – 28.6 Australia – 28.4 Italy – 28.2 Paraguay – 28.1

        Youngest Top 5

        Ghana – 24.1 North Korea – 24.8 Germany – 25.0 Cameroon – 25.2 Spain – 25.9

        Now obviously this doesn’t take into consideration starting lineups, but it is a bit interesting.


        • Posted by John on 2010/06/04 at 10:05 AM

          So the US VS England I extrapolated out to be

          26.9 vs 28 (or 28.81 depending on which keeper plays for England.)

          The starting 11 for the US would be…

          Howard, Bocanegra, Cherundolo, Demerit, Onyewu/Goodsen (same age), Bradley, Edu, Donovan, Dempsey, Altidore, Findley

          Starting 11 for England (I admit I am a bit not up to date on all positional battles so please let me know if I need to update)

          James(28.81)or Green, Cole, King, Terry, Johnson, Lennon, Lampard, Gerrard, Barry, Rooney, Crouch


        • Posted by Kevin on 2010/06/04 at 6:51 PM

          What makes you think Findley will start? I currently have no clue as to who BB will decide to trot out, and what worries me more, sometimes I don’t even think he does.


  5. Posted by Andy_4Lakes on 2010/06/04 at 9:15 AM

    Did anyone notice the last two sentences of the Ferdinand linked article:
    Meanwhile, goalkeeper David James sat out the training session after suffering a slight knee problem.

    His injury is not thought to be too severe and is related to the 11-hour overnight flight from London to South Africa on Thursday.
    What were they doing on the plane? Practicing PKs in the aisle? Just found that humorous is all…


  6. Posted by Bob on 2010/06/04 at 10:35 AM

    Rio is out; Gerrard is now captain. Dawson is on his way to SA.


  7. Posted by scweeb on 2010/06/04 at 10:57 AM

    Wow so how many athletes are all ready out do to injury ?!


  8. Posted by John on 2010/06/04 at 11:10 AM

    From Grant Wahl

    Drogba, Essien, Ferdinand, Ballack, Beckham, Davies, Cabañas, Adler, Bosingwa, Costly

    You can potentially add Pirlo to that list.

    Injured but not out…

    Julio Cesar, Pirlo, Altidore, Milito, Bastos


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/06/04 at 11:15 AM

      I tweeted this before, but it’s a shame that people aren’t including Lassana Diara on that list. France scrapped their entire formation after he was ruled out.

      If you’re going to include Costly, you need to include Diarra for sure.


  9. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/06/04 at 11:22 AM

    I am obviously concerned that Ferdinand is out. But quite frankly, it’s not like he was in his greatest form during the 2009/10 season – if he was in his 2007/08 season, every England fan would be absolutely devastated. People talk about his experience and performances of 2002 and 2006, but being honest, he was nowhere near that form or condition.

    Without sounding ruthless, England cannot cry over spilt milk – what’s done is done. As heartbreaking as it might be, we need to draw a line under Ferdinand and move on. We have an important game a week tomorrow that needs to be prepared for.


  10. Posted by John on 2010/06/04 at 11:58 AM

    Here is the China video you guys are looking for.


  11. It looks like the World Cup is going to be rather less than it could have been without the likes of Ferdinand, Drogba, and Charlie Davies. Probably not the only time in history this sort of thing has happened with injuries, but disappointing none the less.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/06/04 at 6:08 PM

      I like the way you’ve shoe-horned Davies in. He hasn’t acheived anything to deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as those guys. You’re talking potential vs finished article.


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