Sports Long list of players ruled out of the World Cup due to injuries

View attachment 21990 Just when the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in a few days time in Brazil, the number of players who will miss the world's greatest football festival keeps increasing.

Joining the list is the France and Bayern Munich midfielder, Frank Ribery, who on Friday became the latest victim of the high-profile players whose World Cup hopes have been dashed by injuries.

The 2013 European footballer of the year was ruled out of the tournament along with his Les Bleus team-mate Clement Grenier, which now pose a great danger to the plans of coach Didier Deschamps.

France may as well be needing a miracle as regards their back-up goalkeeper Steve Mandanda after he suffered a crack in his first cervical verterbra (neck) during Marseille's clash with Guingamp, although he remains in the 23.

Colombia Radamel Falcao is one player that would be miss in Brazil but has been ruled out of the competition since January after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a league game for his club side.

After months of uncertainty, Jose Pekerman finally confirmed that the Monaco star will not be fit in time to feature in the summer showpiece as he unveiled his 23-man squad.

Italy midfielder Riccardo Montolivo suffered a broken leg following a clash during his side's 0-0 friendly draw with Republic of Ireland and could require surgery, meaning he will not make the trip to Brazil.

The Spanish team got their own share of the injury problem after their back up goalkeeper Victor Valdes tore his anterior cruciate ligament, in what proved to be his last game for Barcelona against Celta Vigo in March, and Spain will also be without the services of Bayern Munich youngster, Thiago Alcantara after he underwent surgery on a knee ligament problem.

England's Theo Walcott is also one of the players that got injured early in the season. The fleet-footed wide-man ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during an FA Cup clash with Tottenham in January, and will not be on the plane to South America.

Subsequently on the same day, Mexico's Luis Montes also broke his leg shortly after scoring for his side in a 3-1 win over Ecuador, causing Miguel Herrera's to re-adjust his plans for the tournament.

Croatia's Niko Kranjcar paid the price for his exertions in QPR's Championship play-off final victory over Derby as he picked up a hamstring injury which will leave him on the treatment table for much of the summer.

While Schalke 04 and Netherlands midfielder Rafael van der Vaart was ruled out with a calf injury and joining Paris Saint-Germain right-back Gregory van der Wiel and Roma's Kevin Strootman (both knee) on the sidelines.

Apart from Arsenal's Theo walcott who has been out of the England's squad, two other players who had high hopes of being named in Roy Hodgson's squad, Tottenham pair Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend, will spend the summer recovering from pelvic and ankle injuries respectively.

Germany duo Holger Badstuber and Ilkay Gundogan will play no part in this summer's tournament. Bayern defender Badstuber has been out with a cruciate ligament injury since November 2012 and it is still not clear when he will return.

Dortmund star Gundogan has made just one Bundesliga appearance this season due to a back complaint and his comeback is also clouded by uncertainty.

There are concerns over Marcos Reus after the player was taken straight to a hospital in their friendly game against Armenia,for a suspected ankle injury.

Others to also miss the world cup
includes, Portugal's teenage starlet Bruma. The Galatasaray live wire suffered an ACL injury in January and will be out for at least six months.

Also, Benfica defender Silvio broke his leg during a Europa League game with AZ in April and will not represent his country when the tournament begins.

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe underwent a second operation on his knee in February and is yet to complete his recovery, but such is his importance to the national side, coach Alberto Zaccheroni has named him in his 23-man squad.

Elsewhere, Jurgen Klinsmann saw midfielder Stuart Holden ruled out with a fourth serious knee problem, which will keep him out of action for between six and nine months.

And Costa Rica could not believe the news of top scorer Alvaro Saborio, being ruled out with a broken metatarsal suffered in training towards the end of May.

The 2013 Ballon D'or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, is also struggling with fitness since the champions league final, but he's included in the list and the whole of Portugal hopes the Real Madrid point man will be fit before june 12.

Coming back home,Nigeria's Leon Balogun and Imoh Ezekiel too were ruled out due to injuries they suffered while in action for their club and country, while Elderson Echiejile was said to be needing medical check up to ascertain the extent of his injury.

Coach Stepen Keshi confirmed that Bright Dike would have been part of the Super Eagles team to Brazil if he had not been injured.

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