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June 4, 2010

Monitoring Maradona: No Injuries In Practice?

Diego Milito has his ankle wrapped after suffering practice injury.

Argentine national team manager Diego Maradona has been a font of amusement over the years and it appears that he will continue to be during this year’s World Cup. That he is endlessly entertaining is a function of Diego being half-crazy as a result of drug addictions, overdoses, and a deified celebrity status for thirty years, plus media desperately in search of story and Maradona’s desire to be the center of attention. This World Cup may be his last hurrah as a such a monumental figure with the ability to fix gazes upon him and so we expect there to be plenty of great stories involving Maradona so long as Argentina is still in the tournament. Monitoring Maradona will be your (hopefully daily) update on all things Maradona.

Now on to today’s installment…

Actually, Maradona was quiet today, so we go back to what El Pibe de Oro said two days ago about not having too many friendlies because players could get injured. Seems that injuries are still possible even the high level Argentina practices as Champions League winner Diego Milito left practice with an ankle knock. Fortunately, it is not a serious injury according to Argentina staff.

That said, after seeing the spate of injuries occurring in the last few days–Drogba, Rio, Altidore, etc.–it seems pretty clear that it doesn’t really matter what you are doing–practice or game–because injuries are going to happen.

Hopefully the weekend will give us a bit more Maradona excitement.

[Photo: Getty Images]



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