Rio Ferdinand Injured, Ruled Out of World Cup

England will be without their captain when they seek glory at the South Africa World Cup , which starts its one-month run on June 11. Manager Fabio Capello confirmed that the 31-year-old Rio Ferdinand suffered an injury during England’s second training session in South Africa, effectively ruling out the captain out of the World Cup.

Rio, who assumed the captaincy after John Terry was rocked by personal problems, suffered a knee ligament injury while trying to tackle Emile Heskey towards the end of the team’s morning session. Rio, who plays center-half for Manchester United, was carried off the pitch and could be out by up to six weeks. However, Rio said he might be out up to two months considering the severity of his injury.

Rio will be replaced by Tottenham Hotspur center-back Michael Dawson, who is untested in the World Cup level. Capello has named Steven Gerrard as England’s World Cup captain with Frank Lampard as his assistant.