It looks like Man United midfielder Darren Fletcher may be inserted into the squad for the upcoming Champions League tournament. Fletcher’s been out for almost a year now due to a chronic bowel condition. However, United need to hand over their 25-man squad list to UEFA on Mon. Sept. 3rd and Alex Ferguson needs to make up his mind over the weekend if he’s going to add the Scottish international’s name to the list.
Ferguson told the club’s official website, "Darren could come into the 25-man Champions League squad quite easily, without me having to leave others out because we have a number of players who qualify as youth products in addition to the 25."
This actually sounds like the manager’s made up his mind already, but it’s still not official. Fletcher’s back on the pitch though and has been training with the Scottish national team and even got a game in the other day with the country’s Under-21 team. Ferguson said nothing’s guaranteed with Fletcher’s return though due to the nature of his condition. He added that if he keeps on playing, he’s definitely going to be considered because he’s such a good player. The medical name for Fletcher’s condition is known as ulcerative colitis.
Ferguson also said that striker Wayne Rooney should be back in four weeks after sustaining a nasty gash to his thigh in the match against Fulham last week. He said as long as it’s treated properly and doesn’t get infected then he should be back in the line-up in a month. Ferguson said he didn’t injure a muscle or joint so Rooney will be able to work out in the gym.