England Captain Rio Ferdinand Leaves Hospital On Crutches As Training Match Tackle Threatens His World Cup 2010 Participation

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England manager Fabio Capello has revealed that defender Rio Ferdinand has been taken to hospital after sustaining a knee injury in training in South Africa today.

The England captain went down in what seemed an innocuous incident after striker Emile Heskey had tried to turn him in training, but had to be led away for further examination.

"A piece of bad news [occurred in] the last moment of the training. Rio suffered one problem at the knee," Capello told reporters at a press conference today.

"He has just gone to the hospital for a scan. We hope that it will not be a strong injury."

As for what has caused the injury, there was nothing out of the ordinary.

"It was just a normal tackle in training," Capello added.

There was better news as far as other England players were concerned though.

"David James had a little problem with a knee, but no big problems. Barry has started to train with the team. He improves every day and he's getting better and better every moment," Capello explained.

"In the afternoon he's training in the gym with the physio and now he's always with the team.

"Not completely with the team but we have to be careful in every moment because the ankle is really good."

Initial reports from South Africa have indicated that the injury might well be ligament damage, in which case Ferdinand could miss the entire World Cup.

Despite having put Tottenham Hotspur's Michael Dawson on alert in case Ferdinand does miss the tournament, Italian was coy about how the level of concern surrounding the captain.

"We have to wait for the scan," he said.

The England coach was then pressed about what he might have said to Ferdinand as well as the actual severity of the injury.

His response was once again laconic.

"We have to wait for the scan. We have to wait," he stated.

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