England boss Fabio Capello will rest Gareth Barry for USA

07 June 2010 06:30
Fabio Capello is unlikely to risk Gareth Barry against the USA on Saturday, despite the fact that he is now 'flying' in training.

England's medical staff have been astonished by the speed of the midfielder's recovery from an ankle injury that convinced Capello he was out of the finals.

But his chances of starting in Rustenburg are slim because Capello won't put a player crucial to his plans at any risk.

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The same goes for 39-year-old goalkeeper David James, who was back in training on Sunday but could be ruled out by a slight knee problem. That would let in Robert Green or Joe Hart, with the West Ham keeper just ahead, even though Hart is impressing more in training.

Matthew Upson has been sick for the past couple of days and will not play in Monday's game against the Platinum Stars. Ledley King might not play either if Capello thinks it could jeopardise his chances of playing on Saturday.

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Most players are expected to get some time on the field on Monday and Wayne Rooney will certainly be keen to play. In training on Sunday he was said to have looked sharper than he has in the past three months.

Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand fears he will struggle to be fit for the start of the new season. Initial reports said the England and Manchester United captain would be sidelined for four to six weeks with the medial ligament injury that has forced him out of the World Cup.

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But Ferdinand thinks it could be nearer eight weeks before he can train again, so serious is the knee injury.

He will stay to watch England play the US in their opening game and then return home.

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