Upbeat Barry beginning to believe

Manchester City's Gareth Barry is feeing optimistic but keeping his fingers crossed that he is given the go-ahead to join up with the England World Cup squad.

Barry has been named in Fabio Capello's provisional 30-man squad for South Africa despite being sidelined with ankle ligament damage.

The City star was left behind when the squad flew out to Austria for a pre-tournament training camp this week and he will play no part in Monday's international friendly against Mexico at Wembley.

Barry has stayed back to work on his recovery and is hopeful but not certain of making a full recovery in time to make the final 23-man squad which will be named on June 1.

"I've stayed in Manchester and worked closely with the fitness coaches at the club," he explained

"There had been a little confusion when it was thought I was only seeing the specialist on 29th May – a day before we play Japan in our last friendly.

"But I called the manager and explained that the actual date is 24th May. So he was able to include me in the provisional squad and I've done everything I can – like sleeping in an oxygen tent to speed up the recovery.

"I'm hopeful I'll get the all clear, even though I'll be crossing my fingers."

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