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25/07/2013 09:15, Report by Mark Froggatt

Boss confirms RvP fitness

David Moyes has confirmed Robin van Persie’s full fitness ahead of Manchester United’s friendly match against Cerezo Osaka on Friday.

The Reds striker sustained a thigh strain during Monday’s 3-2 defeat to Yokohama F•Marinos and was subsequently substituted at half-time, prompting fears that he could miss the start of the highly-anticipated 2013/14 season. Thankfully, the boss has rubbished such wild speculation.

And in a further boost, speaking during Thursday’s press conference in Japan, Moyes also gave positive updates on the progress of Nemanja Vidic, Nani, Antonio Valencia and Wayne Rooney, who are all currently training at the Aon Training Complex, as well as a number of tourists.

“There was a practice match at Carrington the other day,” the manager told reporters. “Vida, Nani and Valencia all had playing time in that. Wayne is also running and at the level we thought he'd be at. He'll step that up this week.

“Robin was a precaution the other night. I expect he and (Danny) Welbeck to both play tomorrow. (Michael) Carrick had a tight groin and is doing better. He probably won't feature tomorrow but should resume training over the weekend.”

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