Bridge ready to play alongside Terry: Mancini

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London, Feb 13(ANI): Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said his defender Wayne Bridge is ready to play with John Terry for England not withstanding the latter's affair with the former's ex-girlfriend Veronica Perroncel.

The spotlight has turned onto Bridge's participation in South Africa after Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole broke his ankle in Wednesday night's defeat at Everton.

It comes only a week after former Stamford Bridge team-mate Terry was sacked as England captain over the alleged affair with Perroncel.

However, Mancini does not feel there will be a problem, and said: "If he is picked, he will play. The national team is important for every player and it is the same for Wayne Bridge."

"He is committed to playing for England and it is important for any player to play at the World Cup, especially if they are in the first XI. I know the injury to Ashley Cole is a problem for England, but Wayne can play in this position for the national team," Mancini said.

He further said that he is cautious with Bridge, who will play the third game of his comeback after a two-month lay-off with a knee injury on Sunday against Stoke in the FA Cup fifth round.

"We are having to take things slowly with Wayne because he was out for two months. At the moment I would say he was around 60 percent fit. Once he has played five or six games, he will be back at 100 percent," Mancini said. (ANI)

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