England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson says he expects Gary Neville to be fit to play against Portugal in the World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.
Neville, 31, has missed England’s past three games with a calf strain, but took part in training on Wednesday.
“He seems to be very good, he did everything and did not feel anything after the training, so I think he will be OK for Saturday.” said Eriksson to the BBC.
“His experience might be very important to us in a game like this. If we think it’s a risk he won’t play but as things stand it is not a risk.”
Manchester United right-back Neville joined in training in Baden-Baden and was seen running and kicking a ball with the rest of the team.
He also took part in a solo training session with England physio Gary Lewin on Tuesday.
Neville pulled his calf in training on the eve of the match against Trinidad and Tobago.
He returned to light training last week but suffered a reaction to the injury and was advised to rest it again over the weekend.
England assistant manager Steve McClaren has already revealed the Manchester United man will be in contention for Saturday.
“He needs a few days’ training and hopefully he’ll be in contention for Saturday’s game,” McClaren said on Monday.
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