We initially anticipated that Gareth would return for our friendly against Baltimore on Saturday, but the winger's rehabilitation from a back injury has gone better than expected, having travelled out with dedicated medical personnel.
Gareth will now continue his recovery programme with the medical team with the target of being fully match fit for the start of the Premier League on August 18.
Meanwhile, Andre Villas-Boas is hopeful Kyle Walker (ankle) and Rafa van der Vaart (groin) will be available for our final friendly against New York Red Bulls next Tuesday, July 31.
Heurelho Gomes (ankle) is improving and we hope he will be involved in light training on Friday.
We make the long trip to Baltimore today, arriving at 6pm local time, at which time all players will be re-assessed.