Scotland striker Kenny Miller has said that he is hoping that Manchester United midfielder and captain of the Scotland national team Darren Fletcher will be returning to the international fold as soon as possible.

The Manchester United midfielder has taken an indefinite break from the game after suffering a major illness. Even though many expect him to be back for the start of the next season, it is still unsure whether the 26-year-old will be able to play football again. Scotland striker Kenny Miller, who has been carrying the captain’s armband in the absence of their Fletcher, has said that he hopes to return the armband back to Fletcher as soon as possible.

The Scotland national football Association has previously stated that they would like to have done Fletcher back for the start of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers that will begin in September next season. Fletcher has not played football since November when he was diagnosed with an irritable bowel condition. Kenny Miller will be one of the key members of the Scotland squad in his absence, but he reckons that the presence of Darren Fletcher would be extremely positive for the national team both on and off the field.

“There are no questions asked about that” he told Man Utd news. “Darren is our captain. Whether it be myself or big Gaz (Gary Caldwell) who has been filling in for him, we know that Fletch is our captain and our leader. That’s why we are hoping he does make a speedy recovery and gets back playing in the team as soon as he can. He is a huge loss, not just on the pitch, but off the pitch as well. He is our Cesc Fabregas. He is a strong character within the team, he is somebody we miss, and we wish he gets back as soon as he can,” said Kenny Miller.


Top league teams missing huge names, get attention – like Manchester City is missing Carlos Tevez.  But while Manchester City are now able to get Tevez back in this very important of the season, Alex Ferguson of Manchester United has been missing one of his very reliable footballer since December, even though very little have been created out of it.

When United player Darren Fletcher declared that he is intended to take a long break from the game in order to deal with the ulcerative colitis which has dogged him throughout the season, the Manchester Premier League side lost one of their most important footballer in the Scot captain.

Few people may say that this has not affected the defending champions as they now sitting at the top spot and very close to get their 20th league title. It may be true but several Manchester United fans will say that this team is far from the very strongest which Old Trafford has seen before Scholes came out of retirement which was a huge concern regarding the United midfield.

The question is would Sir Alex have turned to Paul Scholes had Darren Fletcher been fit? A fully fit Darren would not have let James McArthur or James McCarthy to control the match for Wigan earlier this week.

Fletcher, of course, is not a flair footballer like Carols Tevez who can with the match with his brilliant skills or a hat-trick, but he is not the kind of footballer Manchester United has been missing. They have good players like Nani, Chicharito, Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs or Ashley Young are just a few names to their disposal.


Manchester rated midfielder Darren Fletcher has said that he is making incredible progress in his attempts to return to the United first team next season. Darren Fletcher was diagnosed with a rare bowel condition, which has forced him to take an indefinite absence from the United first team. However, the Scotland captain has now revealed that he is making good progress and expects to be playing football next season. He also said that he is coaching the Manchester United reserve team as of now. Fletcher was last seen in the 2-2 draw with Benfica in November. He has been an integral part of the Manchester United team over the last few seasons that Sir Alex Ferguson has struggled to replace him.

This led to the recall of Paul Scholes, who had retired the previous season. The arrival of Paul Scholes has to some extent made Manchester United not be worried about the absence of Darren Fletcher in their quest to win the 20th Premier league title. United are currently locked in a battle with neighbours Manchester City for the Premier league title this season. One of the clubs can finish without a trophy at the end of the season, but Fletcher hopes that it would be Manchester City.

“I’ve been really enjoying the coaching. I’m passing on advice to these players and it also gets me out of the house and keeps me busy. I’m feeling okay. I’m still not ready to come back playing or training yet but I’m listening to the medical people and trying to get myself right. The challenge and the focus is to be ready for next season with Manchester United,” Fletcher said in an interview given to the BBC. Scotland manager Craig Levein also has said that he is very much looking forward to having Fletcher back in the team.


Manchester United and Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher has said that he is looking to come back into playing football in the summer. Darren Fletcher has said that one of its main aims this season is to return playing football for Scotland in the World Cup qualifiers. This has come as a major boost for Scotland, who have once again failed to qualify for the Euro 2012. The Republic of Ireland have qualified for the Euro 2012, which has put serious pressure on Scotland to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It will be held in Brazil and the qualifiers for this tournament will be beginning soon.

Darren Fletcher’s career in football was under serious threat after suffering a chronic bowel condition. Manchester United gave him an extended leave until his recovery, which have sparked rumours that Darren Fletcher could be finished as a player. However, the Scotland international has been showing immense signs of recovery in recent months. As a result, he has now expressed confidence that being able to take part in the World Cup qualifiers for Scotland, although they failed to mention the possible time of return with accuracy. It is expected that he would not be returning to playing football this season.

“I’m still on medication, I’m still not training, but slowly but surely I’m getting better. I’m not putting a timescale on a comeback, I think that’s the best thing. With the condition it’s hard to tell. I want to be 100 per cent when I come back. I think I’ve tried before when that’s not been the case and it’s proven very difficult, so this time I want to make sure I’m 100 per cent, which is going to benefit Scotland and Manchester United,” Darren Fletcher said in a recent interview about his possible comeback date.


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that one cannot possibly set a return date for Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher to return to first-team action.

The midfielder has been granted an extended break by the club after suffering from an inflammatory bowel condition. It is a disease that affects an extremely small population of people of the world, which makes Darren Fletcher one of the unlikeliest. Despite having a great career ahead of him, the future now looks bleak for Darren Fletcher. However, medical people at Old Trafford had expressed confidence that the midfielder will be soon back into the first-team fold fully fit.

Still, Sir Alex Ferguson does not seem to be confirmed about the dates he will be returning to first-team action. Speaking ahead of the match with Arsenal, the Manchester United manager said that the return date for Darren Fletcher is yet to be confirmed by the medical staff. It was initially thought that Darren Fletcher will not be available for at least another year, but recent reports suggested that he could be back at the start of next season. However, Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that it would be very difficult to pinpoint return date with a rare disease such as this one.

“He’s been coming into training for the last few days, just getting himself out of the house really. It is difficult to put a time on it because it is not one we can assess accurately. It is what it is and hopefully time will be the answer,” said Ferguson ahead of the match with Arsenal. The return of Darren Fletcher will be crucial because Manchester United are clearly short of numbers in the midfield. The incredible number of injuries they suffered have certainly not helped them at all.

Fletcher Still Believes

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has hit back at the media and some football experts who have already started to write off Manchester United’s chances of retaining the English Premier League and said that The Red Devils have come back from worse positions many times before and they have the fire power in their side to do to it again.

He has also slammed the critics who said that United’s departure from the UEFA Champions League was due to the lack of a creative midfielder and said that the club has plenty of brilliant players and once they hit their stride, the side will be unstoppable, much like in the earlier part of the season when the team came out with all guns blazing. Darren Fletcher further stated that just because Manchester United were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League, it does not necessarily mean that Sir Alex Ferguson will have to spend money in the winter transfer window to get a suitable replacement for the retired Paul Scholes and believes that the solution lies within the club and that there is no reason to buy.

Manchester United have been linked with plenty of creative midfield players over the last couple of transfer windows but Fletcher believes that the replacement for Paul Scholes will never be found and the only answer lies in the United Academy that has plenty of extremely talented players who could become world class players one day. The likes of Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Will Keane all have it in them to become world beaters in a couple of years time and so, United don’t need for any panic buys in the transfer market. Darren Fletcher has also ascertained that United are still the team to beat and with December approaching, writing them off would be a big mistake.