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Last Updated: Monday May 22 2006 12:42 GMT

Rooney 'making perfect recovery'

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney is making a 'perfect recovery' and has every chance of playing in the 2006 World Cup, according to England's team doctor.

Manchester United player Rooney broke his foot in a match against Chelsea and early reports said it would take at least six weeks for him to recover.

He will have a scan on Thursday and Dr Leif Sward says he'll definitely know whether he can play after that.

He said: "I have the highest hopes for Rooney and the World Cup."

Rooney has been resting since his injury and has also spent time in an oxygen chamber to encourage the bone to heal more quickly.

England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has already named Rooney in his 23-man World Cup squad.

More rest

The England team doctor Leif Sward said: "He can put pressure on his foot now with the special protection he is wearing.

"I hope everything has healed well and I can say everything points in that direction.

"This healing process has been very, very good."