DARREN FLETCHER HAS been included in Manchester United’s 25-man squad for their upcoming Champions League campaign.
The Scotland captain was forced to take an indefinite break from the games last season, as he was suffering from a chronic bowel condition.
However, the 28-year-old has shown signs of recovery recently.
He took part in a pre-season friendly against Aberdeen and also appeared in an under-21 side against Tottenham last week.
United manager Alex Ferguson said that Fletcher’s place in the squad does not come at the expense of anyone else.
“Darren’s put a lot of weight back on,” Ferguson said. “He’s back to his normal weight from two or three years ago. It’s a case of wait and see.
“Darren comes into the 25-man squad quite easily, without me having to leave others out,” Ferguson explained.
“We have a number of players who we don’t need to register because of the time they’ve spent with us as an academy player. That’s an advantage.”
Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Anders Lindegaard.
Defenders: Rafael, Patrice Evra, Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic, Alexander Büttner.
Midfielders: Antonio Valencia, Anderson, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Nani, Ashley Young, Paul Scholes, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher, Nick Powell.
Forwards: Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa