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Sunday 27 May 2012

Injury scare for Man City's Barry

Midfielder set for scan after limping out of England's 1-0 friendly win in Norway

Gareth Barry was substituted in the second half of England's win in Norway

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry is set to have a scan after suffering a suspected groin injury while playing for England in Norway.

National coach Roy Hodgson admitted he was "worried" by the problem, which could threaten Barry's place in the England squad for the Euro 2012 Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

The 31-year-old had to be replaced by Liverpool's Jordan Henderson in the second half of England's 1-0 win - having himself replaced skipper Steven Gerrard at half-time.

"The situation with Gareth Barry worries me," admitted Hogson.

"We don't have a lot of time if the scan shows there is something more than minor"
- Roy Hodgson

"And if it's serious that will give me something to think about as we don't have much time left."

England's first match of the tournament is against France on Monday June11th.

Hodgson added: "I spoke to Gareth and he told me: 'I think I need a scan'. Something happened during the course of the game and now we need to see how it is.

"I'm not prepared to say it is serious but it is certainly going to dominate our attention and we don't have a lot of time if the scan shows there is something more than minor."

Henderson is currently on England's stand-by list and is a possible replacement should Barry be unable to take part.

Encouraged

Hodgson said he was otherwise pleased with his first match in charge of England, which ended in victory after an excellent early goal from Manchester United's Ashley Young.

"I'm not prepared to be critical in any way but I'm also very aware that we are still a work in progress," he said.

"We had only three days to get ready for a difficult game and yet we have come here and got a result that everyone tells me that doesn't happen here too often.

"Ashley Young and Andy Carroll proved they can do that job"
- Roy Hodgson

"So that was a great start for us because everyone knows how difficult it is to win in Norway."

Hodgson also praised the link-up of Young with Liverpool's Andy Carroll - which is of particular interest given that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will be suspended for England's first two matches.

Rooney will miss the matches against France and Sweden.

"[Carroll] was good, full stop. Young and Carroll proved they can do that job," he said.

"Perhaps we could have been a little bit more positive, and there was an element of keeping the ball sometimes when we could have got it forward earlier to get those two players in, but that is something we have to work on.

"We've started talking about it and sewing a few seeds and by the time the European Championship comes around we will have done a lot more work and will be getting Ashley Young into positions like that more often."

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Key Points

  • Man City's Gareth Barry picked up groin injury playing for England
  • Midfielder limped out after 73 minutes of 1-0 friendly win in Norway
  • Coach Roy Hodgson impressed by Ashley Young and Andy Carroll