All eyes are on the World Cup in South Africa as some of football’s most-watched players are nursing injuries that will likely keep them out of play.
Michael Ballack, Germany’s captain, is suffering torn ligaments in his right ankle; Ghana’s Michael Essien and Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel are out with knee injuries, as is Spain’s top striker, Fernando Torres.
Most of these players’ injuries will probably cause them to miss the tournament, which began on June 11. But for players whose cartilaginous injuries place them on the borderline between fit and sidelined, some sports physicians are increasingly looking to injectable treatments
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