By TRAVIS CLARK
With just one week until the start of the World Cup, England's campaign may have suffered a setback as Rio Ferdinand injured his knee in training on Friday.
The extent of the injury is still unknown, but was severe enough to send England's captain to the hospital for a scan. Joining Ferdinand on the sidelines was goalkeeper David James, who sat out a training session with a minor knee injury.
(UPDATE- The Guardian is reporting that Ferdinand will miss the World Cup with ligament damage in his left knee.)
England did get some good news on the injury front with Gareth Barry rejoining the team for training, though he's expected to be unavailable against the USA.
Here's a look at a few other stories for Friday morning:
Drogba hurt in win against Japan
Chelsea and Ivory Coast hit man Didier Drogba came off in the 18th minute of the Elephants' 2-0 win over Japan, but the specific extent of his injury is unknown — some reports claiming Drogba fractured his elbow. The loss of Drogba would be hard for the Ivory Coast to overcome, considering they'll face Brazil and Portugal in the group stage.
(UPDATE- Early reports indicate that Drogba will also miss the World Cup.)
Germany wins friendly over Bosnia-Herzegovina
After going down 1-0 to Edin Dzeko's 15th minute goal, Germany stormed back to score three unanswered goals in a 3-1 friendly win against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Thursday. Bastian Schweinsteiger netted. twice for the Germans from the penalty spot and Philipp Lahm added the third goal. Germany begins its World Cup campaign on June 13 against Australia in Durban.
Torres closes in on Spain return
Spanish striker Fernando Torres is closing in on a return to action just in time. The Liverpool attacker could get a run out in Spain's last friendly against Poland on Tuesday. Torres had surgery back in April to fix a knee injury that put his chances to play in South Africa in jeopardy. Spain plays its first group match on June 16 against Switzerland.
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