Irish Daily Mirror - - SPORT -

GARETH BARRY can play un­til he is 40, ac­cord­ing to his pal Stiliyan Petrov. West Brom’s for­mer Eng­land star is 36 and in line to make his 632nd Pre­mier League ap­pear­ance to­day at home to West Ham. Barry (left), signed from Ever­ton in Au­gust, will move level with Manch­ester United leg­end Ryan Giggs at the top of the ap­pear­ance stats. And his for­mer As­ton Villa team­mate and friend Petrov, 38, reck­ons Barry will soon be in a class of his own af­ter mak­ing his de­but in 1998. The Bul­gar­ian said: “Gareth can be very proud. If he keeps go­ing that will be a great achieve­ment, but what he has achieved so far is in­cred­i­ble. It is phe­nom­e­nal. “Records are there to be bro­ken, but it won’t be for some time. He will hold that record for a while and it can’t be taken away.”

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