Danny Welbeck
Danny Welbeck has scored three goals in nine games for Manchester United this season. REUTERS

Manchester united striker Danny Welbeck has returned to the club after he was ruled out of England's friendly with Sweden on Tuesday due to a muscle strain. The FA has described his withdrawal as a "precaution".

Welbeck was expected to start in tonight's game at Wembley, but he has now returned to Manchester to undergo treatment ahead of United's Premier League match at Swansea on Saturday.

The Manchester United striker suffered the injury after appearing as a second-half substitute during Saturday's 1-0 win over World Cup winners Spain.

His absence paves the way for Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge to make his international debut in tonight's friendly.

England manager Fabio Capello is expected to make a number of changes to the team that beat the world and European champions on Saturday, with up to eight new players likely to feature.

The friendly represents one of the last opportunities for the fringe members of Capello's squad to make their mark ahead of the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and the Ukraine next summer.
"There will be eight new players," the Italian told reporters on Monday.

"They are two different games but the experience gained for these players is really important in order to improve for the next match against Holland [in February] and the Euros."