England manager Fabio Capello is "very confident" Gareth Barry will be fit for the World Cup.
The Manchester City midfielder was expected to be sidelined for four weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage against Tottenham at Eastlands on May 5.
However, he was included in Capello's provisional 30-man squadearlier this month and scans yesterday provided cause for optimism overthe 29-year-old's fitness for South Africa.
Capello told SkySports Italia: "His recovery time is shorter than we thought. We aregoing to decide next week. We are very confident."
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney on Tuesday played down fearshe was suffering from an ankle problem after being hampered by a groininjury during the latter part of the campaign.
The Italianadded: "As for Rooney, he's a very important player and he will be inSouth Africa. But he's not more important than the team. He's okay atthe moment - he's recovered and he's 100%."
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