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World Cup Injuries: Are the Odds Affected?

Injuries are nothing new to soccer, but as the World Cup is near several teams have big players that will miss some matches in the tournament and some that will not be able to play this summer.

Germany’s odds to win the World Cup have gone down, as they were at +1200 a month and a half ago and now Bovada has them at +1400. The big news for the Germans is that their best player will not play, as Michael Ballack was injured at the end of the English Premier League season and will not be playing in South Africa.

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Ballack is not the only injured player, as defender Heiko Westermann recently pulled out of the World Cup because of a fractured foot. Germany still has decent odds and a loaded team, but they will miss these guys, especially Ballack.

England’s odds have not changed much even though there are concerns with the health and fitness of star striker Wayne Rooney. The odds for England have dropped slightly from +550 a month and a half ago to a current +600 at Bovada.

Rooney states his ankle injury concerns are overblown, but it still remains to be seen if he will be match fit. With all the pressure on England to do well this summer they need their main striker to be 100%.

MF Gareth Barry may miss time with an ankle injury and if he is ready to go he will likely be in the starting lineup.

Spain has a couple of injury concerns, but it has not effected their odds, as Bovada still has them as the favorite to win the World Cup at +400. Cesc Fabregas broke his leg at the end of March and even though he has been training with the national team, but he admitted his legs felt a bit heavy.

Fernando Torres is one of the best young strikers in the world and even though he is also training with Spain he has not played since having knee surgery in the middle of April, but stated he will be 100% by the first match.

Andres Iniesta and captain Xavi Hernandez are also recovering from minor injuries, but luckily for Spain they do not play their first match until day six of the competition.

Brazil star Kaka is getting treatment on his thigh and groin and Luis Fabiano is recovering from an injury, but each should be in the starting 11 in their first match against North Korea. Their odds have not changed, as Bovada still has them at +450, which is the second best odds after Spain.

Ghana’s odds have dropped from +8000 a month and a half ago to a current +10000 at Bovada and the main reason is that MF Michael Essien of Chelsea has been ruled out of the World Cup due to knee and ankle injuries.