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02/11/2011 09:00, Report by Frances McVeigh
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Fletcher's fighting fit

United midfielder Darren Fletcher has let the world know that he is "feeling fine" after making a full recovery from the viral problems that have dogged him recently.

Speaking at a press conference at Old Trafford ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Otelul Galati, the Scot seemed in good spirits and is clearly eager to continue his improving form during the game.

Having played 10 matches already this season despite illness, Fletcher has been working alongside the coaches at Carrington to boost his fitness levels, and return to his prime playing potential. Having also suffered an ankle injury, the midfielder spent pre-season putting in the extra hours, but it appears it is beginning to pay off following more game-time with Scotland.

It seemed Fletcher was adamant to put any doubts concerning his fitness to rest, reiterating that he was in good spirits ahead of the clash with Romanian side Galati.

“I feel fine," he insisted. "I have worked hard with the fitness coaches and my fitness level is as good as ever. I feel great.

"My match sharpness is back and my match awareness is back. I've played 10 games, including three internationals. I was lucky as those few matches with Scotland definitely helped me.

"I knew I'd be fine. My natural fitness was always very good, I've never had a problem with that, and the staff and the sports science facilities at Carrington helped get me back. The biggest thing is the awareness and sharpness and that comes from playing games."

Fletcher's fitness was always going to be a big topic of discussion, but the Scot was aware of the fundamental need to collect three points against Galati in the quest to top Group C.

"First and foremost, it was important we won at Everton to respond after our defeat to City," he stressed. "And there was a lot more determination about the team in the way we defended. Everyone did their defensive duty to see out the match."

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