Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Darren Fletcher will not start against Tottenham on Saturday as he eases the midfielder back after a lengthy spell out.
The Red Devils boss will turn to other options against Spurs as the Scotland captain continues his rehabilitation from a chronic bowel complaint.
Fletcher started his first game in 10 months in midweek as Manchester United beat Newcastle 2-1 in the Capital One Cup.
Ferguson has selected the midfielder in his squad for the visit of Spurs at Old Trafford but his next meaningful involvement is likely to come in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League encounter with CFR Cluj in Romania.
"Having played on Wednesday night and contributed so well I wouldn't think he'll start tomorrow," said the manager.
"But he may get a place on the bench and he could possibly go to Romania and play against Cluj.
"That may be an ideal opportunity for him."
Ferguson knows, when he is able to call on his fellow countryman on a regular basis, he will have a very useful addition to his squad.
"The great thing about Fletcher the other night was that his enthusiasm was fantastic," said Ferguson.
"He played a great part in the victory and in a role different from how we've used him in the past.
"Darren was always the type to get about the midfield players but on Wednesday he sat in front of the two young centre-backs and did a really good job."
Youngster Scott Wootton impressed on his debut against Newcastle on Wednesday and will be in Ferguson's squad for the visit of Spurs.
The boss added: "Scott reads the game and passes the ball well.
"He was up against very experienced players on Wednesday, so his performance was a little bonus for us."
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