By ADAM SERRANO
England got a much needed boost today as coach Fabio Capello stated that Gareth Barry will play in the Three Lions' match against Group C opponent Algeria on Friday after a six-week injury layoff.
The midfielder has been training with the squad, but has not been able to get up to match fitness. A holding midfielder, Barry preformed very well during qualifying for England being paired with Steven Gerrard in the center of the park. Barry has been out since suffering an ankle injury in May while playing for his club side Manchester City.
The return of Barry is a major boost for England which lost defender Ledley King to a groin injury earlier in the week. The defender who was injured in the 1-1 draw with the United States could be out for three weeks.
Here are a few other stories to hold you over until the next World Cup match:
VERON RULED OUT FOR SOUTH KOREA MATCH
Veteran midfielder Juan Sebastion Veron will not take part in Argentina's second match against South Korea due to a leg injury. The 35-year-old suffered a calf muscle strain in the Albiceleste's 1-0 victory over Nigeria.
Head Coach Diego Maradona decided that he did not want to risk aggravating the injury and potentially ending Veron's World Cup. Argentina expects Veron to be ready for their final group match against Greece.
AUSTRALIA ASKS FOR LENIENCY ON CAHILL RED CARD
Australia has requested leniency from FIFA regarding the red card that star midfielder Tim Cahill picked up in the Socceroos' 4-0 defeat to Germany. The Australian football federation submitted documentation to FIFA today stating that a one match ban is sufficient penalty for Cahill. The document includes a statement by the player who Cahill fouled on that play Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger.
FIFA is expected to make a decision on the length of Cahill's suspension on Thursday. Australia takes on Ghana on Saturday.
DEMONSTRATORS PROTEST WORLD CUP SPENDING
On the 34-year anniversary of the Soweto uprising, thousands took to the streets in Durban to protest the amounts of money that the South African government is spending on the World Cup. Recent estimates state that 33 billion rands ($4.3 billion) that have been spent on the tournament so far in a country where 40 percent lives on less than two dollars a day.
The demonstration also centered around the recent firing of security staff whose duties will now fall to local police forces. The protest took place on Youth Day, a national holiday in South Africa commemorating the Soweto uprising in 1976.
BAYERN MUNICH TERMINATE LUCA TONI CONTRACT
Bayern Munich has decided to part ways with Italian forward Luca Toni and has terminated the contract of the 33-year-old. The forward has been out of the plans of Bayern manager Luis van Gaal since the early part of the season and spent the second half of the year on loan to Italian side Roma. Toni finished his career for the Champions League runners-up with 38 goals.
The forward has been linked to a move to Serie A side Genoa, which should be finalized in the coming weeks.