World Cup 2010 - King's World Cup may be over

Mon, 14 Jun 07:18:00 2010

Ledley King could miss the rest of England's World Cup with reports that his groin injury is worse than first feared.

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It was hoped that King, who was substituted at half-time in the opening draw with the United States, would be absent for only the second Group C game with Algeria on Friday.

However the latest prognosis for the injury-prone Tottenham centre-half is that "he has damaged an adductor muscle" - according to the morning's newspapers - which carries a three-week recovery period.

A spokesman for the FA refused to confirm the reports but said King's situation would be clarified later on Monday.

"There is nothing to say but there will be an injury update later today," he said.

King, striker Wayne Rooney and left-back Ashley Cole all sat out training on Monday morning.

Should he face three weeks out, King could return for a possible quarter-final tie, but Fabio Capello may be unwilling to risk him in high-profile end-of-tournament matches.

England are already without captain Rio Ferdinand due to a pre-tournament knee ligament injury. Jamie Carragher came on for King in Rustenburg.

West Ham's Matthew Upson and uncapped Spurs defender Michael Dawson are other candidates for the upcoming matches against Algeria and Slovenia.

Slovenia top the group after a 1-0 win over the North Africans on Sunday.

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