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Aguero adds name to football’s stupid injuries list

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We don’t actually know what Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has done after manager Roberto Mancini refused to go into details about what his “stupid” injury was. All he did say was that the injury was not the Argentine’s fault.

Here is a list of 10 injury classics.

Santiago Canizares – the Spain goalkeeper missed the 2002 World Cup after shattering an aftershave bottle and a piece cut his foot

Dave Beasant – in similar fashion, the English goalkeeper dropped a salad cream bottle on his foot and severed a tendon

David James – a third goalkeeper. I see a theme here. The former Liverpool shot stopper hurt himself stretching for the TV remote control, like many other players. He also once blamed playing a computer console too much for a lack of concentration.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Drogba, Ferdinand…who next for the World Cup curse?

A top player seems to get injured on the eve of every major tournament and this year it looks like Didier Drogba and Rio Ferdinand have suffered the World Cup curse.

Ivory Coast captain Drogba is seriously doubtful for the extravaganza after injuring his elbow in a friendly against Japan on Friday.

Pain is an afterthought during playoffs

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Often casual fans define the toughness of a sport by the extent of injury that players are willing to play through.

While basketball is often overlooked, this year’s NBA playoff run is giving us several examples of players placing the goal of a team championship above their own individual bodies.

Who will rise to the occasion and become a worthy replacement for Beckham?

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SOCCER-ITALY/BECKHAMFabio Capello has plenty of options for the right midfield slot, even if David Beckham’s snapped Achilles rules him out of the World Cup.

Between Shaun Wright-Phillips, Theo Walcott, Aaron Lennon (if fit) and James Milner there is a wealth of talent at the Italian’s disposal.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Vonn injury could keep her out of the Games

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The Vonncouver Olympics may just be over before the Games have even begun.

Lindsey Vonn can't confirm whether she'll be able to compete at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver starting in a couple of days after the unlucky American revealed she is suffering from a shin injury that left her in "excruciating" pain.

Vonn, the 25-year-old multi-medal hope for the Untied States, appeared before a news conference in Vancouver today to tell the media the bad news.

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