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England's Gareth Barry, right, is helped from the field after suffering damaged ankle ligaments on May 5 while playing for Manchester City. ((Tim Hales/Associated Press))

England midfielder Gareth Barry will return from a six-week injury layoff and play against Algeria on Friday in the team's second FIFA World Cup match, coach Fabio Capello said Wednesday.

The 29-year-old central midfielder has been sidelined since May 5 when he damaged ligaments in his right ankle damage while playing for Manchester City.

"Gareth will play this Friday. He is OK, there is no problem," Capello told the BBC on Wednesday. "He has trained very well and he is fit."

England was held to 1-1 draw by the United States in the Group C opener, and Capello has been criticized for not playing Barry.

"He can sit in the hole for us, is good in possession and gives us another option," England striker Wayne Rooney said.

Returning Barry to the holding role which worked so successfully in World Cup qualifying would free up Steven Gerrard to take a more attacking spot on the left flank and split the captain's ineffective midfield partnership with Frank Lampard.

"He showed in qualifying how good he is," England defender Jamie Carragher said. "We've not got too many like that so he's obviously done a good job for England."