Turkey's 33-man squad and programme for the upcoming USA tour has been announced today.
Fenerbahçe players Gökhan Gönül and Özer Hurmacı have been excluded from the squad as both players will undergo a shoulder surgery at the end of current season. Paris Saint-Germain forward Mevlüt Erdinç was not included in this squad as he is expected to have a wrist operation on 18 May. Galatasaray left-back Hakan Balta was also left out because of a persistent groin injury.
Meanwhile, Bayern München midfielder Hamit Altıntop will join his team-mates in United States on 23 May after taking part in his side's UEFA Champions League final match against FC Internazionale Milano one day before.
Elsewhere, Real Betis' holding midfielder Mehmet Aurelio will be missing the USA tour as the season will still be active in the Spanish Second Division.
Turkey squad consists of the following players:
ONUR RECEP KIVRAK
GALATASARAY A.Ş (JÜBİLE)
F. EMRE GÜNGÖR
BÜYÜKŞEHİR BLD. SPOR (JÜBİLE)
Turkey will play three friendly matches in the United States. The programme is as follows:
22 May 2010 12.30 Turkey - Czech Republic Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
26 May 2010 13.30 Turkey - Northern Ireland Veterans Stadium, New Britain, CT
29 May 2010 14.00 USA - Turkey Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Turkey squad will gather on 18 May starting from 19.30 at Swissotel in İstanbul. They will fly from İstanbul to New York on 19 May at 10.00 and land at 13.30 with local time. Then the squad will travel to New Jersey at 14.30 by bus and arrive at W Hoboken Hotel where they will make their camp.
On 20 May, coaching staff and certain players will participate in the special reception which is organised by Turkey's New York Consulate General. Turkey squad will pass to Manhattan by ferry on 23 May Sunday to take part in the Turkish Day activities that will begin at 13.00. Having enjoyed the activities, they'll make a boat trip with the participation of media representatives.
Turkey will travel to Connecticut from New Jersey on 25 May at 10.00 by bus and will make their camp at Connecticut Crown Plaza Hotel in Hartford. After playing Northern Ireland friendly, the following day at 18.30 they will fly from Connecticut to Philadelphia where they will accomodate in Hyatt Regency Philadelphia.
The squad will pass to New York on 29 May with 17.30 flight and return to Turkey on 31 May with a charter on 14.00.
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