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England Injury update: latest on the walking wounded

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Relieved England manager Fabio Capello is ‘very confident’ midfielder Gareth Barry will be fit for the World Cup finals.

The Manchester City man, who was expected to be sidelined for four weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage against Tottenham at Eastlands on May 5, has been given extended time to prove his fitness.

Despite the injury, Barry was included in Capello's provisional 30-man squad earlier this month and scans yesterday provided cause for optimis.

Capello told Sky Sports Italia: "His recovery time is shorter than we thought. We are going to decide next week. We are very confident."


Rooney and Gerrard



Meanwhile, the England boss played down fears Wayne Rooney was suffering from an ankle problem after being hampered by a groin injury during the latter part of the campaign.

Capello added: "As for Rooney, he's a very important player and he will be in South Africa. But he's not more important than the team. He's okay at the moment - he's recovered and he's 100 per cent"

The FA has confirmed that England midfielder Steven Gerrard will take a full part in training on Friday after an injury scare during Thursday's session.

Gerrard pulled-up sharply with a calf problem just 30 seconds into an 11-a-side practice match at the training camp in Austria, and was treated for 20 minutes before resuming light jogging.

Still on the injury front, and Aston Villa left back Stephen Warnock limped out of training with a twisted ankle.

Warnock is hoping to play some part in Sunday's friendly against Japan in Graz in order to press his claims for a place in the 23-man squad Fabio Capello will announce on June 1.

However, Warnock will now need to be assessed before it is known whether he will be able to resume training today.

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