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Lee raring to go

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by PA

South Korea striker Lee Dong-guk is confident of featuring in Saturday's World Cup opener against Greece after making a speedy recovery from a hamstring injury. The 32-year-old Pohang Steelers striker, who was the top scorer in the K-League last season, was not expected to be available to coach Huh Jung-moo until at least the second Group B outing against Argentina on June 17. But the former Mi...Full Story »

Brown rejoins All Whites

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by PA

Tim Brown's World Cup dream remains alive after he was given the go-ahead to join his New Zealand team-mates in South Africa having made good progress in his recovery from a fractured shoulder. The 29-year-old All Whites vice-captain, who suffered the injury during New Zealand's friendly against Australia, underwent surgery to insert three screws into his damaged right shoulder two weeks ago. ...Full Story »

Fresh Cahill concern for Socceroos

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by PA

Tim Cahill and not Harry Kewell is now looming as Australia's biggest injury cloud ahead of their World Cup opener against Germany on Sunday night in Durban. While Kewell, whose much-talked about groin injury has dominated Australia's build-up to the tournament, was able to join in an intense two-hour training session on Tuesday night, Cahill was a little more than a spectator. The Everton mid...Full Story »

Iniesta has 'minor muscle injury'

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by PA

Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has a "minor muscle injury", the national team doctor has revealed. Iniesta brilliantly set up two goals in the opening 15 minutes and was the star performer as Spain dominated the first half of a World Cup warm-up match in which they thrashed Poland 6-0 in Murcia on Tuesday night. Iniesta was forced off after feeling discomfort in his thigh, but Dr Oscar ...Full Story »

Ruthless Spain hammer Poland

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by PA

Fernando Torres made a scoring return from injury as Spain thrashed Poland 6-0 in their last warm-up match before departing for the World Cup. Torres came on after 66 minutes and showed no ill effects from the injury which had seen him miss the end of the season with Liverpool, but Andres Iniesta went off with a thigh problem in the first half. Barcelona midfielder Iniesta brilliantly se...Full Story »

Terry trusts in King

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by PA

John Terry has no doubts his schoolboy friendship with Ledley King will ensure England's defence will be watertight for their World Cup opener against the United States on Saturday. With Rio Ferdinand ruled out of the tournament, Fabio Capello has to choose another central defensive partner for his former captain and, although he rarely trains due to chronic knee condition forces, it seems ...Full Story »

Advertising poster featuring Lionel Messi

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by Daylife.com

A New York resident walks past an advertising poster featuring Argentinian football player Lionel Messi ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, June 8, 2010 in New York.Full Story »

How to keep Wayne Rooney calm – pass the ball better

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by theguardian.com

Should we be worried about Wayne? Certainly the South African referee Jeff Selogilwe thinks so. "He must learn to control his temper. He could get sent off in the World Cup if he uses language like that," was the referee's verdict after England's rather geriatric warm-up victory over Platinum Stars. Alexi Lalas, a former USA World Cup captain, agrees. "I hope Wayne Rooney has a temper tantrum,...Full Story »

Rio Ferdinand says abused referee got off lightly

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by theguardian.com

Rio Ferdinand says the referee abused by Wayne Rooney during England's warm-up match with Platinum Stars got off lightly. Rooney was booked for directing the phrase "fuck you" at the amateur referee Jeff Selogilwe. The England striker's subsequent apology was accepted by Selogilwe, although he warned Rooney that he could risk being sent off if he used similar language in the World Cup. But F...Full Story »

Nani ruled out of Portugal's World Cup 2010 campaign

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by theguardian.com

The extensive list of high-profile players ruled out of the World Cup through injury claimed Nani as its latest victim today after the Portugal and Manchester United winger paid a heavy price for an overhead kick that went wrong. Nani's love of the spectacular backfired when he misjudged his fall and landed heavily, damaging his left collarbone in the process. He has been unable to train sinc...Full Story »

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