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Players injured ahead of the World Cup

Players injured ahead of the World Cup
Here are some of the other players who have been ruled out or are unlikely to feature because of injuries: \n

MICHAEL BALLACK, Germany\n

The German captain was ruled out of the finals with an ankle injury after a late challenge by Ghana's Kevin-Prince Boateng during Chelsea's FA Cup final win over Portsmouth in May. (Getty Images)\n

(Text on all images: Reuters)
Players injured ahead of the World Cup
SIMON ROLFES, Germany\n

The midfielder ruled himself out of the World Cup after saying he was short of match fitness following knee surgery in January.
Players injured ahead of the World Cup
MICHAEL ESSIEN, Ghana\n

The Ghana midfielder suffered a knee injury at the African Nations Cup in January and has failed to recover in time. (Getty Images)
Players injured ahead of the World Cup
JOHN OBI MIKEL, Nigeria\n

The midfielder was forced out of the tournament with a badly bruised ankle suffered in Nigeria's first full contact training session in South Africa on Friday. (Getty Images)
Players injured ahead of the World Cup
LASSANA DIARRA, France\n

The holding midfielder will not play in South Africa after being told he needed an extended rest because of persistent stomach pains which began during France's week-long training camp in the French Alps last month.(Getty Images)
Players injured ahead of the World Cup
CHRISTIAN TRAESCH, Germany\n

The midfielder, who was considered a possible replacement for captain Michael Ballack, is out after injuring his ankle in a friendly at the squad's training camp in Italy. (Getty Images)
Players injured ahead of the World Cup
HEIKO WESTERMANN, Germany\n

The defender will miss the tournament after fracturing a bone in his foot during a warm-up win over Hungary last week. (Getty Images)
Players injured ahead of the World Cup
DAVID BECKHAM, England\n

England's most capped outfield player ruptured his Achilles tendon playing for his loan club AC Milan in March.\n

(Getty Images)
Players injured ahead of the World Cup
RIO FERDINAND, England\n

The England captain will miss the finals after injuring his knee in his country's first major training session in South Africa on Friday.(Getty Images)
Players injured ahead of the World Cup
Dutch winger Arjen Robben became the latest player to suffer an injury ahead of the June 11-July 11 World Cup in South Africa. (Getty Images)
Players injured ahead of the World Cup
RENE ADLER, Germany\n

Germany's first-choice goalkeeper underwent surgery on a rib injury in May and will play no part in the finals. (Getty Images)
Players injured ahead of the World Cup
MIROSLAV KARHAN, Slovakia\n

Slovakia's most capped player has a hamstring injury and will miss his country's first World Cup appearance. (Getty Images)