Oh dear. Old Trafford man has knee injury.
England’s World Cup preparations have suffered a setback with captain Rio Ferdinand being taken to hospital for a scan on a knee injury.
The centre-back, 31, hurt his left knee towards the end of Friday’s first session at their Rustenburg base.
“It was in a normal tackle and after he turned. It was the lateral (knee ligament). We’ll have to wait for the scan,” said England boss Fabio Capello.
Goalkeeper David James sat out the session with a slight knee problem.
James’s injury is not thought to be too severe and related to Thursday’s 11-hour overnight flight from London to South Africa.
But Ferdinand’s knock will give Capello more cause for concern, particularly considering the Manchester United defender’s injury-hit season.
Ferdinand was restricted to just 21 appearances for his club this season, starting only 13 Premier League games, in a season disrupted by a back injury. (BBC Sport)
Hopefully its nothing serious but just in case it is, shouldn’t someone call Michael Dawson? Is he sunning himself on holiday somewhere? Anyway its not good news. David James having a slight knee problem is also a tad worrying, unless of course you are not a big fan of the Portsmouth keeper and feel that Joe Hart should be on duty, in which case news of the 39 year old’s knees flaring up will be greeted with sheer joy.
On the plus side Gareth Barry is showing good signs of recovering nicely from his injury lay-off. As long as Wayne Rooney is literally wrapped up in cotton wool then all is well!