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Daily Links: 17 Days to World Cup

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Keep up with the latest development from around the World Cup, as we countdown the days to the tournament in our Daily World Cup Countdown!

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Bender out of World Cup

Germany will be without its midfield engine as Lars Bender sustain a thigh injury. The Bayer Leverkusen man had been initially selected to Joachim Low's preliminary German squad.

Colombia wait on Falcao

It seems that Colombia will wait as long as they can when it comes to the health of their star striker Falcao. Head coach Jose Pekerman already made cuts to his squad but will wait on Falcao before making further decisions.

Chile make cuts, Vidal in

Another man whose health is a major concern heading into the World Cup, Arturo Vidal has survived from cuts made by Chile's head coach Jorge Sampaoli, as he dropped six names in his initial 30-man squad.

"Missing World Cup would kill him"

Steven Gerrard had that to say regarding his teammate Luis Suarez who is racing against time to be fit for the upcoming tournament. Suarez had a knee operation last week but believes that he will participate in the tournament.

Mignolet to miss friendly

Another Liverpool player with an injury concern, Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will not play in his country's upcoming friendly against Luxembourg. Marc Wilmots said that he needs a "four to five days rest".

Deulofeu gets Spain call-up

After a season on-loan with Everton, Gerard Deulofeu has received a call-up for Spain's upcoming friendly against Bolivia. Despite Vicente Del Bosque already naming his 30-man squad, there is a possibility of change if an unexpected pull-out occurs between now and June 2nd.

"No rifts in squad"

That was the message from Greece's vice-captain, Kostas Katsouranis, who last month had a scuffle with his fellow Greece teammate, Giannis Maniatis during a Greek cup semifinal while on duty for their clubs. He has also publicly apologized for the incident in which he was sent-off from the game.

Donovan feels he deserved USMNT spot

Landon Donovan believes that he deserved to be in Brazil, based on his performance during USMNT's training camp. The veteran attacker was cut by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, in what would be his fourth World Cup tournament. Donovan scored twice to break MLS all-time goalscoring record earlier today.

2014 to be most lucrative tournament

The upcoming World Cup in Brazil is set to be the most lucrative ever in the history of the tournaments, with commercial revenue estimated at $4 billion, the cost of hosting the tournament though is also the most expensive ever believed to be at $14 billion.