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Daily Links: 34 Days to World Cup

Catch up on the latest Injury news, provisional squad, and other World Cup news right here with TLR's Daily World Cup Countdown.

"Looks like we've made it"
"Looks like we've made it"
Alex Livesey
Jones and Rooney 'ok' for World Cup

Ryan Giggs has told media that Manchester United duo Phil Jones (shoulder) and Wayne Rooney (groin) should be fit for the World Cup. England fans can breathe a little easier.

One for Shaw

Another voice of support for Luke Shaw's inclusion, this time from Graeme Le Saux citing Shaw's "composure and undoubted quality". He also mentioned that while Cole has the pedigree and experience, Shaw would gain valuable experience participating in the World Cup.

Wenger positive about Ox

Arsene Wenger remains positive that midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be fit for the upcoming World Cup. Chamberlain is dealing with a groin injury and Wenger said that the next three to four days will be "crucial" for him.

Germany name 30-man provisional squad

Joachim Low has announced the 30 names for Germany's provisional squad. Arsenal trio of Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, and Mesut Özil is included, but Mario Gomez has been excluded.

Costa injures hamstring

Atletico Madrid striker, Diego Costa will miss this weekend's La Liga action with a hamstring injury. Vicente del Bosque will be hopeful that the deadly striker who has scored 36 goals across all competitions this season will recover quickly.

Gignac pessimist over France call-up

Marseille striker, Andre-Pierre Gignac does not believe that he'll get a call-up from Didier Deschamps to go to the World Cup, despite scoring 16 goals in Ligue 1 this season.

Warning for fans

FIFA's secretary general, Jerome Valcke has issued a warning for fans traveling to Brazil to prepare accordingly, as the situation in Brazil isn't as accommodating as in Germany eight years ago.

Valcke to rethink approach

He also mentioned that he may need to alter his approach in working together with the local organizing committee in future World Cups. The preparation for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been marred by various problems from delays, death of workers, and unfulfilled projects.

Eighth casualty in Brazil

Muhammad Ali Maciel Afonso becomes the latest casualty after he was electrocuted while working on Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba.

A fifth term for Blatter?

Sepp Blatter has announced that he will run for a fifth time for FIFA's presidency.