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Rio: Injury was an accident

08 Jun 2010 - 13:10:54

Injured England captain Rio Ferdinand has said the incident that ended his World Cup dreams in South Africa was a complete accident.

The Manchester United defender suffered a knee ligament problem when he clashed with Emile Heskey last Friday, but he has admitted it was just one of those things.

Speaking to reporters, he said: "The ball came in from one of the lads to Emile, I'd gone to try and tackle him from behind - he didn't actually see me coming - we both went off balance and Emile's weight went down on my knee.

"It's no fault of his at all. It's just a freak accident that could happen at any given time and it had no connection to any previous injuries I've had.

"I knew I wasn't going to be able to play in the World Cup even before I got the scan (result) - I was just waiting to get it confirmed.

"It's disappointing, but I've come to terms with it now.

"The first night was quite a pretty long night, going over what could've been and to not be able to represent your country in the World Cup.

"I was going over scenarios in my head of what could've been.

"Leading out your country into a major tournament is the stuff of dreams and it's taken from under your feet. It was a long evening thinking about stuff like that."


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