Midfielder Gareth Barry is in danger of being ruled out of England's World Cup squad after Manchester City announced Friday he has ankle ligament damage which would sideline him for up to four weeks.
A regular starter in England's squad, Barry was injured in Wednesday's Premier League loss to Tottenham.
"Gareth is a fantastic guy and a fantastic player," City manager Roberto Mancini said Friday. "I hope he can play in the World Cup but [England coach] Fabio Capello and his medical staff must decide.
"I don't know exactly how bad [the injury is], maybe three to four weeks, so I hope he can still go. He deserves to play in the World Cup."
Capello has to announce his initial squad of 30 by May 11 and finalize his list of 23 by June 1.
He now has to decide whether to include Barry and hope that his injury clears up well ahead of England's first World Cup game against the United States on June 12 or leave him out of his squad.
Barry will miss England's two pre-World Cup friendlies against Mexico (May 24) and Japan (May 30) and two training camps at high altitude in Austria.