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.