Darren Fletcher has given Scotland a massive boost after returning to action for Manchester United’s Under-21 side following his latest lay-off.
The midfielder has not played a competitive game for United since Boxing Day 2012 due to his chronic bowel problem, but the 29-year old has stepped up his rehabilitation by playing an hour for the Under-21’s.
Now back in full training, the midfielder admitted to football betting pundits that he was delighted to have made his latest comeback after another lengthy spell on the sidelines, making it clear he was determined to get back into the first team picture.
“It’s been a long time, so it’s good to get back tonight. I’ve been training for a few weeks now and the next progression is to get some match-time. I enjoyed it. I just want to be out there to help and do my best. The aim is to be back in the manager’s plans and help on the pitch.”
While Fletcher’s main focus will now be on getting himself back fully fit and into David Moyes’ first-team plans, the midfielder will have one eye on getting back into contention for a return to the Scotland set-up.
Fletcher has not played for his country for 12 months, making his last appearance in last November’s 2-1 victory against Luxembourg.
It would certainly be a boost for Gordon Strachan to have Fletcher back in the squad in time for the beginning of Scotland’s European Championships qualification campaign.
The latest live football commentary from bet365 suggests that the midfielder would bring with him some valuable experience to a Scotland side that has been undergoing something of a transformation since Strachan took over at the beginning of 2013.
That said, a lot will depend on whether Fletcher can now get himself back playing regularly for United for the first time in a while.