Fletcher’s fitness improving, says Man Utd boss Moyes

Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed that the fitness levels of central midfielder Darren Fletcher are improving, as he attempts to return to first-team action, writes Sky Sports.

The 29-year-old has rarely played for the champions since being struck down by ulcerative colitis, a bowel condition, back in November 2011, except for a brief period during last season during which he scored in a Premier League game at home to Sunderland. However, he underwent further surgery in January, which has kept him out for another lengthy period.

Fletcher has made steady progress in recent months, and made his first appearance for Man Utd at any level on Monday, playing for 67 minutes in an U-21 game against Fulham. And Moyes is expecting his fellow Scot to step up his training in the weeks ahead to try and force his way back into contention.

The former Everton boss said: “It is great to get Darren back. It was the first time he pulled on a jersey in a competitive reserve league game (since the operation) and we’re really pleased. We will bring him along, his training is coming along well, but we don’t want to do anything that might give him a setback. It is a sort of steady, slow grind for him just now.

“But we are pleased and hope to involve him in the upcoming reserve games in the weeks to come, if he continues to do as well as he is doing now.”

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