Rooney and Cole return to training

Published Jun. 15, 2010 6:41 a.m. ET

England had a double dose of good news on Tuesday morning as Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole both returned to training in Rustenburg.

The pair missed yesterday's session, Cole to do rehabilitation work on old injuries and Rooney with an ankle knock he picked up in the opening World Cup draw against the United States.

Happily, the pair were fit enough to return this morning as England continued their preparations for Friday's Group C outing against Algeria in Cape Town.

The one absentee was Ledley King. His presence in the remainder of the competition is in doubt after the Tottenham captain was forced out at half-time at the weekend due to a groin injury.

And although club manager Harry Redknapp hinted King has had a scan and could be out for three weeks, the FA have so far refused to speculate on how long the defender will be sidelined.

However, it seems unlikely King will be involved until the semi-finals at the earliest, if England get that far.