David Moyes is hopeful that Wayne Rooney will be fit to play in Stockholm when Manchester United visit Sweden on August 6.
The 27-year-old returned home from the tour on the first day after aggravating a pre-existing hamstring injury and was ruled out for two to three weeks.
And according to the physios back at Carrington, his rehabilitation is going to plan.
“As far as we know Wayne [Rooney] is coming on,” Moyes told MUTV after United’s 3-2 loss to Yokohama.
“He’s started light jogging and the feedback I’m getting from the physios is that he’s progressing. Hopefully those dates are still on track.”
It is good to hear that Rooney’s recovery is going to be plan but there has been no update on his potential transfer away from Old Trafford since United flatly rejected Chelsea’s advances.
Moyes also revealed that Robin van Persie was taken off at half-time against Yokohama as a precaution after he felt his thigh and Danny Welbeck also complained about his groin.
He continued: “We’ve got a couple of wee worries. Robin just felt his thigh in the first half and we didn’t want to take any chances.
“Danny Welbeck felt his groin when he came on and we’ve just got to make sure they’re all okay especially with so many games coming up. We’ve still got a few games to play before the season starts when we get back home.”
“With Rio, we just decided to give him a rest. I wanted to get Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling a game so we rested Rio. Michael just felt his groin. It’s a bit tight from last night. It’s not anything we can see keeping him out. He just missed training and the game tonight.”
As Moyes says, making sure players stay injury free is extremely important ahead of the start of the season, especially Van Persie.
It is all about squad rotation on the pre-season tour and it is likely that Moyes won’t risk any player if there is a chance of aggravating an injury.