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21/09/2012 12:20, Report by M Froggatt, G Thompson
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Boss rules out Rooney

“Darren made a start [to his comeback] on Wednesday which was great,” the boss reflected. “He won't start the match on Sunday but he'll certainly play against Newcastle. I think that's a perfect game for him to start back. Then we have the game against Tottenham next Saturday and he possibly could be involved in that, but it depends how he does on Wednesday.

“It'll be his first full 90 minutes after 10 months out so it'll be a big night for him. He's handling the conditions at the moment and he looks fine as we saw the other night. It's a matter of hoping the condition stays dormant. He's handling his diet well and doing all the right things so hopefully he gets that break he needs.”

Fletcher was given a standing ovation from a delighted Old Trafford crowd after he replaced Paul Scholes in the 79th minute against the Turkish champions, making his long-awaited first-team return following a break from football after he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.

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