Fletcher squad boost
Darren Fletcher returns to the United squad for the Wigan clash with Sir Alex Ferguson saying he is on course for a full recovery.
It does not seem likely Fletcher will play any part at Old Trafford, but merely travelling with his team-mates represents a significant step forward in the midfield's bid to conquer a chronic bowel condition.
The problem has plagued Fletcher since March 2011, although it was not made public until December after the Scotland international tried to maintain his career. In the end it was decided he needed an extended rest from the game, during which time he has been doing some coaching with United's junior teams.
Fletcher, 28, has stepped up his recovery programme this season though and featured in another reserve match at Stalybridge Celtic. The next step forward is a place in Ferguson's squad, and it cannot be too long before his senior re-appearance.
"He is in the squad, simply because I think it can give him a boost," said Ferguson.
"It charts the progress the lad has made. The next step we should take is when we can involve him in a game in our first team. At this moment in time, everything is looking fine for him.
"We understand the type of condition he has to deal with and it could change. But hopefully he has managed to conquer all that in terms of his diet and how he handles it."