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England's Ledley King, left, and the United States' Jozy Altidore vie for the ball during Saturday's World Cup Group C match. ((Michael Sohn/Associated Press))

Defender Ledley King is expected to miss England's next World Cup match after injuring his groin in the 1-1 draw against the United States.

England coach Fabio Capello said King was replaced by Jamie Carragher after halftime in Saturday's Group C opener in Rustenburg, South Africa because he hurt an abductor muscle.

He gave no further details but said he expected King, whose career at Tottenham has been dogged by chronic knee problems, to be fit again only in time for England's last group game against Slovenia on June 23.

England's next match is Algeria on Friday in Cape Town.