Nani fit for United tour

Manchester United winger Nani was among the Red Devils squad which jetted off for their pre-season tour of the United States on Monday morning.

The Portugal international was ruled out of the World Cup after suffering a shoulder injury in training just days before the tournament kicked off.

But he has recovered sufficiently to join Sir Alex Ferguson's 22-man travelling party for the trip to America, which begins with a training camp in Chicago.

New signing Chris Smalling, who has now moved to Old Trafford from Fulham after a deal was agreed in January, is one of several youngsters in the group.

Ferguson and his players posed for photographs with fans at Manchester Airport before departing for the trip which also takes in Canada and Mexico.

United play Celtic in Toronto on Friday before taking on Philadelphia Union at Lincoln Financial Field on 21st July, Kansas City Wizards at Arrowhead Stadium on 25th July and the MLS All-Stars in Houston on 28th July.

They then travel to Guadalajara to play Chivas, the former club of another new signing Javier Hernandez, who will have joined up with the squad by then following his participation for Mexico in the World Cup.

Club captain Gary Neville is staying at United's Carrington training base due to a calf problem, along with Rio Ferdinand (knee), Michael Owen (hamstring), Antonio Valencia(ankle) and Anderson (knee).

Another player not taking part is midfielder Owen Hargreaves, who has been hampered by a series of knee problems for almost two years and will miss the start of the season after suffering a new setback which requires a visit to his specialist in America.

Source: Sky Sports
Date Published: 16 July 2010