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Westwood on course for Ryder Cup

Lee Westwood at the Bridgestone Invitational last month, where he pulled out through injury.
Lee Westwood at the Bridgestone Invitational last month, where he pulled out through injury.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Lee Westwood on course to play at Ryder Cup, his management company says
  • Westwood has been sidelined by calf injury suffered at French Open in July
  • Westwood is crucial to Europe's hopes of winning back trophy at Celtic Manor in October
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  • Golf
  • Lee Westwood
  • Ryder Cup

(CNN) -- Lee Westwood, Europe's highest-ranked golfer, is on course to recover from injury in time to spearhead their challenge at next month's Ryder Cup against the United States, his management company said.

The English world number three injured a calf muscle at the French Open in July and was forced to miss last month's USPGA Championship, the fourth and final major tournament of the season.

Westwood, 37, is unlikely to play competitively before the Ryder Cup and European vice-captain Paul McGinley told the Guardian newspaper on Tuesday that the player's fitness was an "unknown factor".

But Westwood's management team International Sports Management (ISM) have moved to quash fears over his participation at Celtic Manor, south Wales, for the October 1-3 contest.

"Lee will be at the Ryder Cup," and ISM spokesman told CNN by e-mail. "He is a few days ahead of schedule and everything is progressing very well.

"Everything is going according to plan. He is in the gym every day. He's confident he will be ready, he was confident when he stopped playing last month that he would be."

Westwood has been a key member of four victorious European Ryder Cup teams, winning 14, losing 10 and halving five of his 29 matches.

He is expected to be the "on-course leader" of Colin Montgomerie's European team as they look to win back the trophy surrendered to the U.S. at Valhalla two years ago.