The injury curse that could spoil the World Cup

The Rio Report

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Germany’s Marco Reus has become the latest star player to be ruled out of the World Cup by injury.

The attacking midfielder suffered strained ankle ligaments in a friendly against Armenia on Friday evening and will be out for at least six weeks.

Reus joins a host of famous names on the sidelines – this week France’s Franck Ribery (back) and Colombia’s Radamel Falcao (knee) were also confirmed as missing the tournament, which has been shorn of many of its biggest attractions.

Even before this latest batch, the injury curse had already struck the likes of England winger Theo Walcott, Belgium’s Christian Benteke and Dutchman Rafael van der Vaart.

We have been able to make not one but two XIs out of injury casualties.

It all adds up to bad news for neutrals hoping to see the cream of the global game in Brazil.

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Team sheet: Victor Valdes (Spain); Gergory van der Wiel (Netherlands), Holger Badstuber (Germany), Jerry Akaminko (Ghana), Bryan Oviedo (Costa Rica); Ilkay Gundogan (Germany), Kevin Strootman (Netherlands); Theo Walcott (England), Marco Reus (Germany), Franck Ribery (France); Radamel Falcao (Colombia)

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Team sheet: Steve Mandanda (France); Kyle Walker (England), Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Greece), Silvio (Portugal); Luis Montes (Mexico), Riccardo Montolivo (Italy), Thiago Alcantara (Spain), Rafael van der Vaart (Netherlands); Giuseppe Rossi (Italy), Christian Benteke (Belgium), Mario Gomez (Germany)

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