An arm and a leg…

Injuries are normal in sports but this year’s World Cup will still go on without two of the bigger stars on the field.

The Ivory Coast’s scoring sensation Didier Drogba suffered a broken arm in Friday’s 2-0 win over Japan. Just like that, the team’s hopes of escaping Group G come June 15 look to be spoiled.

England’s World Cup was shaken up when team captain Rio Ferdinand injured ligaments in his knee during Friday’s practice.

Although injuries to big names have potentially changed the outcome of this year’s festivities, the ratings don’t look to be slowed one bit. Unlike in other sports, fans across the world will still tune in to enjoy world class competition even if the primetime stars are on the sidelines.

Ivory Coast may miss the leadership of Drogba, but players like Salomon Kalou and Yaya Toure are more than qualified to lead this team that already had high expectations entering South Africa.

This is precisely the beauty of the teamwork in soccer. No single man can ruin a team’s chances to do big things on the field. The team may stuggle, but, in the end, it is the active players that will decide their squad’s fate.

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