Capello hopeful on Barry
England boss Fabio Capello is confident that Gareth Barry will recover from injury, and has played down worries over Wayne Rooney's fitness.
Last Updated: 28/05/10 9:43am
Fabio Capello is confident that Gareth Barry will recover from injury to go to the World Cup, and has played down worries over Wayne Rooney's fitness.
Barry was included in the England manager's provisional squad despite picking up an ankle problem whilst in action for Manchester City against Tottenham at the start of May.
There were fears that Barry might miss the World Cup but Capello has now issued an upbeat bulletin on the midfielder's progress following tests earlier this week.
Capello will not make a decision on Barry until England's final 23-man party has to be announced next Tuesday but he expects the 29-year-old to be fit and available.
"Yes, we analysed his ankle two days ago and he is fine," Capello told Sky Italia.
"The recovery time is shorter than we thought.
"We are going to decide next week. We are very confident."
Capello also allayed concerns regarding Rooney, who suffered knee, ankle and groin problems over the last two months of the season.
The Italian insists he will be fully fit for the tournament, saying: "He is a very important player and he will be in South Africa, but he is not more important than the team.
"He is okay at the moment. He has recovered and is 100 per cent."
Rooney has just finished a prolific campaign for Manchester United, with Capello admitting that he wanted the striker to play more centrally at club level.
"Yes I did, I've always asked him. He used to play more for the team, now he is more central, he is fresher and scores more goals," stated Capello.