England Captain Rio Ferdinand Injures Knee, Out Of World Cup

Ollie Irish

4th, June 2010


By Ollie Irish

Uh-oh. England captain Rio Ferdinand has suffered an injury setback during the squad’s first training session in South Africa. Not good.

The centre-back suffered a knee injury in the final minutes of this morning’s session and went immediately to hospital to undergo a scan.

England manager Fabio Capello is unsure yet how bad the injury is.

Capello confirmed: “Rio picked up a knee problem in training. It happened near the end. He has gone to hospital for a scan and we will have to see how things are.”

It’s bad news for England’s morale, but on the other hand it’s not like Rio has looked in fine form or shape of late. Michael Dawson is on standby and may yet be needed by his country.

UPDATE: Latest reports suggest Rio is OUT of the World Cup! What a day. Michael Dawson, pack yer bags.