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Are Chelsea players made of glass? Injuries mounting at 2010 World Cup

First, England's captain Rio Ferdinand went down with ligament damage in his knee. Then, Ivory Coast's captain -- and one of the top 5 strikers in the world -- Didier Drogba was ruled out with a fractured elbow.

(UPDATE: Drogba underwent successful surgery and Ivory Coast officials maintain hope that he can still play in some capacity.)

Apparently, we were just getting started. Here's a little summary of four more injuries that have hit the headlines in the past 24 hours:

-- Nigeria's Mikel John Obi has not recovered in time from his knee injury and has been ruled out. Nigeria's star midfielder is the fourth Chelsea player to go down after Germany's Michael Ballack (ankle), Ghana's Michael Essien (knee) and Drogba suffered the same fate. Somebody order England (John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Joe Cole) and France (Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda) some bubble wrap.

-- Italy's Andrea Pirlo is at home in Milan recovering from ankle issues. He reportedly will miss Italy's opener against Paraguay -- its hardest opponent in an otherwise cupcake Group F. His return is questionable.

-- Netherlands' Arjen Robben limped off the field during today's 6-1 win over Hungary after feeling a "sharp pain" in his hamstring, according to head coach Bert van Marwijk. Arguably the Netherlands' best player, his tournament is also in doubt.

-- Slovakia's Martin Skrtel went to the hospital with an ankle injury he suffered during a friendly against Costa Rica. The Liverpool defender's prognosis, however, is far more optimistic than the others.

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