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Groin injury forces Ledley King out of World Cup

June 14, 2010 13:29 IST

Leadley KingTottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King's World Cup appears to be over after he damaged an adductor muscle in his groin almost immediately after kick-off in the 1-1 draw with the USA.

The centre-back was replaced at half-time by Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher after complaining of feeling a tightness in the muscle.

John Terry told the England bench of the problem right after skipper Steven Gerrard's fourth-minute goal.

King battled on to half time before being replaced by Jamie Carragher, The Sun reports.

King's injury is another blow to coach Fabio Capello, who lost centre-back and captain Rio Ferdinand a week before the 2010 World Cup started.

Putting a brave face, Capello said: "We have three other central defenders, Carragher, Michael Dawson and Matthew Upson. I hope we have no more injuries. The problem is not the injuries. The problem is only the result of the game."

Source: ANI