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Barry's World Cup Dream In Doubt


Gareth Barry’s dream of appearing at this summer’s World Cup is in doubt as the midfielder was ruled out for a month with an ankle injury.

Barry was substituted during Wednesday night’s Premier League defeat at home to Spurs and saw a specialist so the full extend of the injury could be revealed. It puts a huge question mark over whether will be fit enough to take part in the tournament, with England’s first game taking place on June 12th.

It will be a huge blow not only to the player but to England manager Fabio Capello, who names his provisional 30 man squad in Tuesday before cutting it down to 23 following the friendlies against Mexico and Japan.

City manager Roberto Mancini says he feel sorry for Barry and hailed him as a ‘fantastic guy and a fantastic player.’ Mancini said “I don’t know exactly how bad, maybe three to four weeks. I hope he can play in the World Cup but Fabio Capello and his medical staff must decide.”

Barry has won 36 caps for England and played in eight of the country’s qualifying games.

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