Darren Fletcher has been included in Manchester United’s squad to face Wigan tomorrow.
The Scottish international has been making great strides on his recovery from a chronic bowel condition that has kept him sidelined for the best part of two years.
He has now played the full 90 minutes in the past three U21 fixtures and has been improving in each one.
Speaking about Darren Fletcher at this morning’s pre-match press conference, Sir Alex Ferguson was upbeat on his progress.
“We understand the condition he has to deal with – that can change but hopefully he’s managed to conquer it in terms of his diet and how he handles it. Things are going well at the moment.” Sir Alex Ferguson
He said: “Darren’s training well and played in the reserves on Tuesday night. The next step is when we can involve him in a game in the first team.
“He’s in the squad tomorrow, simply because I think it will give him a boost. It’s a chance to progress. At this moment in time everything’s going fine for him.”
Manchester United have sorely missed having Darren Fletcher in the squad. His dogged, enforcer type role has not been filled in his absence and we have been overrun in the middle of the park on countless occasions.
Whilst his inclusion tomorrow is far from the end of his rehabilitation, it is a testament to how far he has come in recent months having earned himself a place in our Champions League squad.
Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before we see Darren back in the starting lineup playing first team football for Manchester United once again.