Gareth Barry injury could cause England midfield re-think

8th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Manchester City’s midfielder Gareth Barry has suffered what could be a cruel blow ahead of a big personal summer for him. The England midfielder is set to be sidelined from any activity for a month, after picking up a freak injury in City’s big Barclays Premier League match against Tottenham. The high pressure match had a place in the Champions League riding on it, and Barry suffered both defeat and injury, after accidentally toppling over his own team mate. This could not have come at a worse time for Barry, who earned himself a regular starting spot in the England team, playing behind attacking midfielder Frank Lampard throughout the European Qualification campaign. The pairing worked well, and looked to be the starting duo which Fabio Capello would go with for the first of England’s World Cup fixtures which is against the USA on June 12th.

Now this will be a test of the strength of depth that Capello will name in his provisional World Cup squad on Tuesday. Ahead of England’s last two matches before the World Cup itself, which are friendly matches against Mexico and Japan, Capello will have to shred his team down to just 23 players to be submitted to FIFA on June 1st, and now Barry is in a massive race against time. Barry will now be assessed, and his rehabilitation will come under some intense scrutiny by the England staff. Known for his disciplinarian demeanour, as well as his tactical nous, Capello has publicly stated that he would only pick players who have been getting regular match action for the clubs, and who are 100% fit and healthy. It is widely regarded, they while England are riding high with the best bookmakers for betting on the World Cup, their best chance of actually winning the tournament, will come from being able to field their first choice eleven. Strength in depth is one thing England is not blessed with.

The versatility of Barry is seen as a major bonus for England, but if he can’t make it, then Capello will have some thinking to do. Would he replace him straight out with Manchester United’s Michael Carrick, who doesn’t carry the same control, threat and aplomb as Barry, and who has looked to be lacking form for his club? Will he go for an unknown such as Tottenham’s Tom Huddlestone? Will Manchester United’s Owen Hargreaves get a surprise call? Or will the England boss be tempted to throw both Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard back into the middle of the park again? It is one position in which England do not have a great deal of options in the position, and that is how important Barry has become to the England set up. The chances are that Capello will still name the Manchester City player in the provisional squad, and closely assess his chances of being fully fit before he names his official 23 man squad. World Cup betting at SkyBet, has Barry’s chances of making the England squad at 8/11.

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