American soccer club Kansas City Wizards has allowed Indian forward Sunil Chhetri to join the national team which is practising in Portugal for the 2011 Asian Cup.
"I’m excited to be joining the national team. But I’ll miss Kansas City. Everything was falling into place here, including the big win we just had against Manchester United," said Chhetri in a statement posted on the club’s website.
Chhetri will arrive in India Monday and will join the team in Portugal, Wednesday.
Kansas City signed Chhetri from Dempo in March, making him the first Indian to join an Major League Soccer (MLS) team. Wizards Manager Peter Vermes said: “This will allow Sunil to play full-time on a regular basis. This will not only be good for him, but good for us in the future, and we always want to help our players develop as much as we possibly can.”