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I can't recall a World Cup with so many stars injured

The Gerry Armstrong column

Why were so many superstars injured in the run up to the World Cup finals?

That’s a question I, and I’m sure many others, asked as news broke of one casualty after another, almost on a daily basis.

Amazing really, considering the much improved playing surfaces and the care and protection afforded to these guys by physiotherapists, fitness coaches and medical experts, all with access to the newest technology.

Just look at the list, it’s endless. There’s Michael Ballack (Germany), David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand (England), Rene Adler (Germany), Nani (Portugal). And not forgetting Arsenal’s Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner who is just back training.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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