Ledley King looks set to miss England's next World Cup encounter with Algeria on Friday after picking up a groin injury against the Unites States.
The injury-plagued Tottenham defender was replaced at half-time in the 1-1 draw in Rustenburg after reporting discomfort in his groin just minutes into the Group C opener.
King, who was promoted to the starting line-up after captain Rio Ferdinand was ruled out of the tournament with a knee ligament injury, is now unlikely to face Algeria in Cape Town.
"He has an abductor tear," revealed coach Fabio Capello. "He'll probably be ready for the game after Algeria."
Jamie Carragher replaced King against the USA and the Liverpool defender could now start against Algeria.
Capello also has the option to play either Matthew Upson or Michael Dawson alongside John Terry in the heart of the defence.
England's third and final group game is against Slovenia in Port Elizabeth on June 23.