News from the England Camp today has confirmed captain Rio Ferdinand is to miss this summer’s World Cup.
The centre-half, who Footy-Boots shared an audience with less that 48 hours ago, has sustained a knee injury and has been taken to hospital for a scan, according to coach Fabio Capello.
Reports say the Manchester United defender went down after a seemingly innocuous challenge during routine training.
“The bad news is that in the last moments of the training session Rio suffered a problem with his knee,” said the England boss.
“He has gone to hospital for a scan. We will have to see how things are. He did it during a tackle.
“It was a normal tackle, but there was a slight problem. It was his left knee. We have to wait for the scan, but we have Michael Dawson on call.”
Dawson, who is yet to comment on the situation, will be ready to fly out to Rustenburg at a moments notice after describing his “devastation” from not being picked.
The holding midfielders excellent progress will surely please Capello, who has made no secret of his desire to play wit a holding midfielder.