Owen Hargreaves has been included in Manchester United's Champions League squad.
Hargreaves is not due back at United's Carrington training complex until September 23 to step up his rehabilitation work after undergoing operations on both knees to cure a career-threatening tendinitis problem. By that time, United will have already started their quest to reach a third successive Champions League final against Besiktas in Istanbul.
In theory, Hargreaves would be available for the home encounter with German champions Wolfsburg on September 30. But, more likely, the former Bayern Munich star will come into contention later in a group that also contains CSKA Moscow.
In total, United have registered 35 players for the competition, however, Serbian midfielder Zoran Tosic is absent from the squad which indicates that unlike Gabriel Obertan, he has no further place in the manager's plans.
The following players have been named:
Van der Sar, Foster, Kuszczak, Neville, Evra, Fabio, Rafael, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Brown, Vidic, Carrick, Fletcher, Valencia, Nani, Scholes, Park, Hargreaves, Gibson, Giggs, Obertan, Macheda, Owen, Berbatov, Rooney.
The UEFA ruling allows players who are born on or after January 1, 1988, to compete outside of the registered 25 if they have been eligible to play for the club for any uninterrupted period of two years. The following players have been included:
Amos, J Evans, Cathcart, Chester, Hewson, C Evans, Anderson, Gray, Welbeck, Zieler.