Gareth Barry could miss World Cup after ankle injury

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Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry is in danger of missing the World Cup after being ruled out for up to four weeks with an ankle injury.

The 29-year-old has been a regular member of Fabio Capello's first-choice line-up, alongside Frank Lampard in central midfield, and is likely to be named in the 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup.

But Barry limped out of Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, which ended City's bid to qualify for the Champions League, and now faces a nervy wait to see if he makes England's World Cup squad.

Capello has to announce his initial squad of 30 by May 11 and finalize his list of 23 by June 1. Injured players can be replaced up until 24 hours before a team's opener.

"Gareth is a fantastic guy and a fantastic player," said City manager Roberto Mancini. "I hope he can play in the World Cup but Fabio Capello and his medical staff must decide.

"I don't know exactly how bad, maybe three to four weeks, so I hope he can still go. He deserves to play in the World Cup."

Barry may be fit by the time of England's first match in South Africa is on June 12 against the United States in Rustenburg, but he will definitely be absent from the friendlies against Mexico and Japan, which cover two training camps in Austria.

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