Fletcher never doubted return
Man Utd midfielder Darren Fletcher insists he never doubted he would return to full fitness after a virus wrecked the end of last season.
Last Updated: 02/11/11 7:35am
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher insists he never doubted he would return to full fitness after a virus wrecked the end of last season.
Fletcher missed the majority of the closing three months of last term and was only an unused substitute for the UEFA Champions League final defeat by Barcelona.
The Scotland captain was also left behind during United's pre-season tour to the United States and did not make his first club appearance of the current campaign until September.
However, the 27-year-old has gradually established himself back in Sir Alex Ferguson's starting line-up and is confident he is now in peak condition.
"I feel fine. I knew I would be," said Fletcher ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Otelul Galati.
"My natural fitness is always very good. I never had a problem with that, and I worked hard with the fitness coaches whilst the rest of the lads were away on tour.
"I reached my level fairly quickly, then it was a question of matches because the more you play, the more you get your sharpness back and awareness back.
"I was lucky in the respect I was able to get a few games for Scotland before I played for United, which definitely helped me.
"I have played 10 games so far this season and I feel as though I am back to the level I should be at."