Stricken England captain Rio Ferdinand has spoken of the devastation at the knee injury which has ruled him out of the World Cup finals in South Africa.
The 31-year-old defender damaged his knee ligaments after an accidental collision with Emile Heskey and, after undergoing scans, the prognosis suggests he will be out of action for around six weeks.
His agent, Pini Zahavi, has revealed the Manchester United man's disappointment but he believes he will bounce back and lead the Three Lions in Brazil 2014.
Speaking to reporters, Zahavi said: "Rio said: 'I think somebody cursed me.' That is honestly how he feels.
"Rio is very down. He cannot understand why this has happened to him. This injury is nothing to do with the ones he had before.
"It is completely different and it is very bad luck. Rio was feeling sharp and was ready for the World Cup.
"He has waited so long for this tournament and to try and help England win it. He had prepared himself so well. But he is a very strong man and he will be back.
"I'm sure he will be leading England in four years time at the next World Cup."