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Rooney makes good progress

The English striker is taking positive steps in his bid to be fit for World Cup.

india Updated: May 14, 2006 03:00 IST

Injured England forward Wayne Rooney is taking very positive steps in his bid to be fit for the World Cup finals, England doctor Leif Sward said.

"I talked to the doctors in Manchester and the report they gave me was very, very positive," Sward said on Saturday.

"I can say they have done a tremendous job with Wayne."

Rooney was photographed riding a bicycle at Manchester United's Carrington training ground on Friday as he battles to recover from a broken foot ahead of the World Cup finals.

He damaged the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot in United's 3-0 defeat at Chelsea two weeks ago and is struggling to be fit for England's first match against Paraguay on June 10.

However, he has been included in Sven-Goran Eriksson's provisional 23-man England squad, even though the striker is unlikely to feature until the later stages of the tournament.

Sward said England had handed full control of Rooney's recovery to United's medical team led by Mike Stone.

"I can say they have done a tremendous job with Wayne," he added. "And I can say I am very glad for this latest report."