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Andrea Pirlo, Didier Drogba – Who else may miss parts of the World Cup?

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“A succession of pre-tournament injuries and the lessons of past World Cups outside Europe suggest the football at Africa's first finals will resonate to familiar Latin rhythms," Reuters writes.

This may undermine the financial wizards at J.P. Morgan, who used 'Quant Models' to determine that serial underperformers England will win the World Cup, taking out Spain in the final match.

Here's a rundown of key players who may miss the World Cup – or at least the opening matches.

ITALY: Pirlo, winner of the Bronze Ball in the 2006 World Cup, was integral to Italy’s championship at that tournament in Germany. But his potential absence isn't the team's only concern. Midfielders Mauro Camoranesi, Claudio Marchisio, and Angelo Palombo are facing injuries, according to Sky Sports.

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