The Premier League's top teams swarmed to Asia chasing the region's growing wealth and unquenchable thirst for English football, but they go home counting the fitness costs.
Promotion models pose for a photo next to a life-size cardboard image of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, near Rajamangala stadium, ahead of United's training session in Bangkok, on July 12, 2013. Rooney said he was "gutted" after a hamstring injury forced him out of United's Asian tour on the very first day with questions still unanswered about his future with the club.
At least two key players -- Jan Vertonghen of Spurs and Matija Nastasic of Manchester City -- suffered injuries during lucrative friendlies that could see them miss the start of the season, which kicks off in under three weeks.
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