Double boost for England
21 Jun 2006 - 12:57:12
England defenders Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville have been boosted by scans on respective groin and calf injuries bringing a positive prognosis.
Ferdinand had to be replaced in the first half of the 2-2 draw with Sweden, while Neville has had his World Cup campaign ruined by a niggling calf problem.
However, FA director of communications, Adrian Bevington, confirmed: "Rio Ferdinand and and Gary Neville's injuries were scanned at the team's base camp in Baden Baden.
"Both scans provided positive news. Rio picked up a groin injury during the match with Sweden last night.
"However, the scan result was clear. Rio will now continue to be assessed by the medical staff on a daily basis ahead of Sunday's match with Ecuador.
"Gary Neville's scan was also positive. His calf injury which has kept him out of the past two games showed significant improvement.
"Gary will continue his rehab with fieldwork under the supervision of physio Gary Lewin."