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By ESPN Staff
May 13, 2006

Rooney making good progress is fitness race

The latest update on Wayne Rooney's injury has been described as 'very, very positive' by England team doctor Leif Sward.

Manchester United striker Rooney was yesterday seen riding a bike around the club's Carrington training ground as he bids to recover from breaking the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot.

Just two weeks after being carried off on a stretcher during United's loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Rooney has raised hopes he could be fit in time to play a part in the World Cup.

'I just talked to the doctors in Manchester and the report they gave me was very, very positive,' said Sward.

'I don't want to say so much because we have decided Manchester United's medical team, with Mike Stone in charge, will work with Rooney's recovery.

'I can say they have done a tremendous job with Wayne. And I can say I am very glad for this latest report. Wayne's progress is very positive.'

England's first group game against Paraguay is now under a month away, but coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is keeping his fingers crossed Rooney will be ready for the latter stages of the tournament.