What is it with England and injuries? In the run up to every major tournament at least one big name manages to crock themselves in a dramatic fashion and this time around it has been no different.
It started fairly early when David Beckham, admittedly something of a doubt for the final squad anyway, snapped his achilles tendon while playing for Milan. However, if England fans thought that would be the end of their worries they were sadly mistaken.
Concerns about the fitness of talismanic striker Wayne Rooney dogged the end of his season, while Gareth Barry did his ankle and is still facing a race against time to be fit for the opening group game against USA.
However, the worst was saved until after manager Fabio Capello had selected his final 23 and they had all flown out to South Africa. In their first training session after stepping off the plane, Emile Heskey tussled for the ball with Rio Ferdinand and the England captain ended up in hospital.
Although the rest isn't quite history, it is y entirely predictable. Scans indicated Ferdinand had suffered ligament damage and would be unable to take part in the tournament. Michael Dawson was called up to replace him and Capello was left to lament the curse of the England Captain. Indeed, England's World Cup odds lengthened after the news broke.
If there is indeed a curse, Steven Gerrard could be forgiven for covering himself in as many lucky charms as he can lay his hands on, as he is the man who will take on the armband from the Manchester United man.
England are many people's football tips for this year's tournament, but anymore injuries and they may struggle to give a good account of themselves.
However, despite the latest setback, the England camp still seem upbeat and the side came through their last friendly - played against South African side Platinum Stars - without injury.
For now though, England fans should perhaps consider praying for no fresh scares, just in case.