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Ledley King has been effectively ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after picking up a groin injury against the United States on Saturday
The Tottenham centre-back was withdrawn at half-time after feeling "tightness" in his groin and it was hoped that he would only miss this Friday's Group C tie against Algeria.
However, the England medical staff fear the injury is worse than originally thought â" he has damaged an adductor muscle â" and the diagnosis is now two to three weeks out. In theory, King could return for a quarter-final tie, but it is unlikely that he would be considered for selection.
King - a man Capello was prepared to take a chance on despite suffering so many recent injury problems - was only pencilled in as a starter himself after Rio Ferdinand, England's captain, was ruled out of the tournament with a knee ligament injury suffered in training.
Should King's absence be confirmed, the now third choice candidates to line up alongside John Terry in the heart of England's defence would be West Ham's Matthew Upson, uncapped Spurs defender Michael Dawson and Liverpool's Jamie Carragher, who replaced King against the USA.