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Last Updated: Saturday, 13 May 2006, 04:54 GMT 05:54 UK
Rooney making 'positive' progress
Wayne Rooney
Rooney stepped up his training in a bid to prove his fitness
England striker Wayne Rooney is taking "very positive" steps in his bid to be fit for the World Cup.

Rooney was photographed riding a bike at Manchester United's Carrington training ground on Friday in his fight to recover from his broken foot.

And England team doctor Leif Sward said: "I talked to the doctors in Manchester and the report they gave me was very, very positive.

"I can say they have done a tremendous job with Wayne."

Rooney was carried off on a stretcher just two weeks ago during his club's Premiership defeat to Chelsea.

There are major doubts over his chances of being fit despite being included in Sven-Goran Eriksson naming him in his 23-man squad for the tournament.

But Sward said England had handed full control over the striker's recovery to his club doctors.

He added: "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 World Cup game gets under way on Saturday 10 June against Paraguay.

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