The endless parade of injured players heading into the start of World Cup 2010 continues to grow. The latest casualty is Manchester United and Portugal winger Nani who has been ruled out of the World Cup by the Portuguese Federation citing a bruised collarbone. The Portuguese Federation didn’t disclose whether or not Nani was injured in Portugal’s 3-1 friendly victory over Cameroon on June 1 in which Nani scored. Looking to replace the injured winger, Portugal has asked FIFA to replace Nani with Benfica winger Ruben Amorim.
If you’re counting, the list of star players injured in friendlies so far includes the previously mentioned Nani, Arjen Robben of the Netherlands, Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast and Rio Ferdinand of England. The string of injuries in warm up games has called into question the necessity of such games as many managers are now afraid to put their top players on the field.