Former Leeds United favourite, Jonathan Woodgate's damaged left hamstring means he will play no part in next Wednesday's England international friendly with Uruguay at Anfield. The brother of former Leeds United captain, Rio Ferdinand, Anton Ferdinand is expected to take his place in the squad with Sol Campbell and Rio himself unavailable for the game.
With the World Cup fast approaching and opportunities to prove himself again on the international stage fast disappearing it may be that Woodgate has missed his last chance to stake a claim for Germany and the World Cup. Sven will be looking for players he can rely on to be fit and available for all the games during what he will hope is a run of games through to the final. It is thought that Woodgate will be out for up to four weeks which is a far better prognosis than was made when the injury occurred.
"Jonathan has strained his hamstring again and it's devastating really," said David Beckham to the Telegraph. "It's such a shame that he's come back into the team and it goes again. It must be terrible for him."
Injury-prone Woodgate, who has learnt Spanish, has become a crowd favourite at the Bernabeu despite taking over 500 days to make his Real Madrid debut. He suffered the injury during his side's historic 1-0 defeat by Arsenal, in the Champions League, on Tuesday. It was the first victory by an English club over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
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