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Slovakia limps into World Cup

Updated: September 1, 2004, 7:06 PM ET
By Chris Stevenson | Special to ESPN.com

The Slovakian national team sweater is a nice red, white and blue number with a striking logo incorporating a white cross design.

Right now, it should be a red cross.

The Slovakians have been ravaged by injuries since their World Cup training camp started, the latest to veteran Peter Bondra, who had his thumb broken during what should have been an uplifting 2-2 tie with Canada in a pre-tournament game last weekend.

Bondra now joins big center Michal Handzus (torn biceps muscle) ...

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