United monitoring Fletcher fitness
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Manchester United's backroom staff will monitor Darren Fletcher for a couple of days before deciding whether the Scotland captain will be fit to face Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final.

Sir Alex Ferguson had promised to give Fletcher every chance to recover from the virus that kept him out since the beginning of March.

The 27-year-old completed the full 90 minutes yesterday as United secured a 4-2 win over Blackpool at Old Trafford and the expectation is Fletcher will play some part in Gary Neville's testimonial tomorrow.

And it is how he recovers from that which will determine whether Fletcher has any hope of being involved at Wembley on Saturday.

"Darren has had a difficult time," admitted United assistant manager Mike Phelan. "A Darren Fletcher up and running and firing on all cylinders gives us a hard job of picking the team.

"It is never easy to come back when you have been out for so long. Now we will recover him and see where he is at in a couple of days' time."

It was important to get 90 minutes today ahead of the big game next weekend but now it is not for me to decide. All you can do is your best.
Darren Fletcher, Manchester United midfielder

If Fletcher does not make it, he will be suffering his third lot of Champions League misery. He was an unused substitute when United beat Chelsea in Moscow three years ago.

Twelve months after that, he would have been a member of Ferguson's starting line-up against Barcelona in Rome had he not been suspended for an innocuous foul on Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas in the semi-final.

Now he could miss out for a third time in four years, although the straight-talking Dalkeith-born player is happy to leave his fate in Ferguson's hands.

"I feel ready to play," he said. "I have had a couple of reserve games, which I have found even more difficult because other people are trying to make an impression.

"It was important to get 90 minutes today ahead of the big game next weekend but now it is not for me to decide. All you can do is your best.

"The lads who got us there have done really well, so the manager has a lot of decisions to make. We have a big squad, everyone is fit and there is competition for places on the bench."