Sir Alex Ferguson has been encouraged by Darren Fletcher's recovery from a chronic bowel condition and is confident he will play again.
Reports had suggested that the Manchester United midfielder would be forced to hang up his boots as a result of the condition.
Fletcher was forced to take a break from football in December and has been working his way back to full health ever since.
United have been with him every step of the way and Ferguson is pleased to report that the Scotland international is making promising progress.
He insists retirement talk is well wide of the mark and believes Fletcher could be drafted back into the Old Trafford this summer.
"We're hoping he will start pre-season training," said Ferguson.
"He is on the recovery road at the moment in the sense of some work he is doing.
"But we can't assess it because we don't know enough about it.
"Darren's medical people are dealing with it and our doctor has a good idea of the situation but at the moment the boy is doing his best to come back."