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Last Updated: Thursday June 08 2006 05:58 GMT

'Good chance' of Rooney playing

Wayne Rooney returns to Germany

Wayne Rooney is back in Germany with the England squad and has a "good chance" of playing in the World Cup.

That's according to his club Manchester United, following a scan on his injured foot on Wednesday.

A statement from the club added that Rooney will only be ready after the three group matches, and even then only after close checks on his recovery.

The Football Association has yet to say if Rooney will definitely be included in the squad, but it seems likely.

That means Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe will fly back to England, after training with England in case Rooney wasn't able to play.

Rooney broke a metatarsal in his right foot in April in a match against Chelsea and his recovery has been very quick.

A statement on Manchester United's website confirmed Rooney was now "in the care of the England medical team".

"The expert independent medical view is that Wayne has a good chance of being fit after the group stage."

The statement added that the striker would have to be assessed carefully because "he will not have had the opportunity to play in less demanding games".

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