Darren Fletcher to train with Scotland Squad

Scotland boss Craig Levein today announced the addition of Darren Fletcher to Scotland’s training squad.

The 28-year-old Manchester United player has been sidelined since a Champions League match against Benfica in late November with a chronic bowel problem, and there had been fears that the Scotland skipper may never play again as doctors initially struggled to identify the mystery illness that struck him down.

Man U boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, caused more concern when he revealed in July that Fletcher was yet train with the rest of the squad, however the midfielder has always maintained he would fight his way back to full fitness and has recently returned to training at the club’s Carrington base where he has been put through his paces.

Now he has been handed a massive boost in his battle by being invited to get involved with the Scotland squad ahead of their friendly match against Australia on Wednesday 15th August.

“Darren will be with us at the weekend,” said Levein. “He is back in training and he played 45 minutes in a practice match last week.

“He is not in the squad because he has not played for Manchester United but he will come back and do a bit of training with us.”