Teams around the world are watching players pull out of the 2014 World Cup with injuries. Notably France’s Franck Ribery, who finished third in FIFA Ballon d’Or voting, has been ruled out of the tournament with a lower back injury roughly a week before the start of the tournament.
Portugal captain and superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who won that 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or over Ribery, has been dealing with a less severe injury that a Ghanian witch doctor is taking credit for.
In a friendly today, German midfielder Marc Reus went down with an ankle injury and according Germany coach Joachim Low, he doesn’t know how severe the injury is.
“I do not know how bad it is,” Low told ZDF television, via Sky Sports. “He is being examined as we speak in hospital and we will wait and see what comes out of it.
“A lot goes through your head at that moment and you just hope it is not too bad but then you see it swell up a bit. I hope the ligaments hold up.
“Until 24 hours before the first World Cup game, according to the rules, we can nominate someone else.”
Certainly the German fan base will be making a lot of prayers to try and get Reus back on the field. If not they’ll have to drop him and name a replacement before the tournament starts.
They’ll need all hands on deck to get out of a tough group that includes Portugal, Ghana and the United States. Reus also isn’t the only German player banged up.