Saturday, May 29, 2010

Capello Worried about Injured Players: England vs Japan 2010

England coach Fabio Capello is now worried about a number of injured players ahead of England’s international friendly against Japan at Graz, Austria on 30 May 2010. The Italian is due to announce England’s final World Cup roster on 1 June 2010.

A number of English players are doubtful for the Japan friendly on Sunday. Midfielder Steven Gerrard could be rested so that he gets enough time to recuperate from his calf problem. However, the biggest concern is perhaps regarding Gareth Barry’s recovery from the ankle injury.

Fabio Capello has not found anyone as talented as Barry to play as a holding midfielder. Milner and Carrick, being deployed with the defensive role in the midfield, failed to impress against Mexico. So, Capello seems to take a late decision on Barry, and most probably the coach would take the City man to South Africa.

Stephen Warnock is another injury casualty. The left back has suffered a twisted ankle and was forced to limp out of Wednesday’s training session. He is almost certain to miss Sunday’s fixture against Japan. Warnock’s injury left Capello with only Leighton Baines as the back up for Ashley Cole in the left back, but Baines was not impressive at all against Mexico.

Rio Ferdinand suffered with injury a lot during the last season and it is a big question if the England captain will have an injury-free World Cup in South Africa. His partner at the heart of the defense, John Terry, has gone through many ups and downs, and his form was not consistent for Chelsea and England in the recent past.

Another worry for Capello is his most prized asset Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United star fell in injury on couple of times towards the end of the season and many English fans are worried about it now.

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