WORLD CUP 2010: Gareth Barry injury makes room for Owen Hargreaves return

11 May 2010 01:20
Gareth Barry's dream of playing in a World Cup died on Monday night when Fabio Capello ruled him out of the tournament - opening the door for a sensational return to international football for Owen Hargreaves.

The Manchester City midfielder suffered serious ankle-ligament damage during last week's encounter with Tottenham and Capello conceded he was not going to recover in time.

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'Too long,' said Capello with a shake of the head. Barry has been an integral part of Capello's plans since the Italian took charge of the national team, not least in the absence of the injured Hargreaves.

But Capello is now expected to turn to Hargreaves as a specialist holding midfielder, even though he has only recently returned from a 19-month spell on the sidelines with a chronic knee condition and has played just one minute of football this season.

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Capello was still finalising the 30 names he will announce as his provisional World Cup squad at Wembley later on Monday.

He was awaiting a medical report on Hargreaves, who missed the final game of Manchester United's season on Sunday because of illness, and Bobby Zamora, the Fulham striker who still hopes to play in Wednesday's Europa League final but is struggling to shrug off an achilles injury.

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Source: Daily_Mail