Manchester United have announced the squad for their 2013 tour of Asia.
19 players will initially make the trip that will see the squad play in Thailand, Australia and Japan.
Here’s the squad in full: Lindegaard, Amos, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Fabio, Buttner, Jones, Keane, Carrick, Cleverley, Anderson, Giggs, Zaha, Lingard, Januzaj, Welbeck, Rooney
But there is a whole host of first team players missing. Nani isn’t going on tour because of a nose operation which is hardly an indication of commitment while the likes of Young, Smalling, Valencia, Powell and Vidic are all going to be absent.
Vidic’s absence is probably part of his rehabilitation as the mileage would place his knee under a lot of stress.
As for Powell, Smalling and Young, they obviously haven’t recovered from their respective injuries but Valencia’s absence is strange.
The tour gets underway this Saturday as United take on a Singha All-stars team in Bangkok (2pm GMT kick off).