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Blackpool take on Nottingham Forest at Bloomfield Road in the 1st leg of their play-off semi-final – best betting here.

England midfielder Gareth Barry has been ruled out for up to four weeks with ankle ligament damage.

The Manchester City man picked up the injury in his side’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham on Wednesday.

The layoff makes Barry a doubt for the World Cup finals which are due to kick-off in five weeks time.

The initial diagnosis of the knock was that the 29-year-old had only suffered a sprained ankle but tests on Friday revealed the injury was worse than first feared.

Capello has regularly insisted that he will only consider fully-fit players in his 23-man squad for the competition, which he will name on 1st June.

City manager Roberto Mancini said: “I feel very sorry for him.

“Gareth is a fantastic guy and a fantastic player.

“I hope he can play in the World Cup but Fabio Capello and his medical staff must decide.”

Blackpool take on Nottingham Forest at Bloomfield Road in the 1st leg of their play-off semi-final – best betting here.

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