Papers: Progress for Fletch
Fletcher has stomach for the fight
Darren Fletcher has vowed to come back fitter and stronger from his illness nightmare. The Manchester United star is suffering from an inflammatory bowel disease and has not played since November. Fletcher, 27, is yet to even return to training. The midfielder said: "I'm still not ready to come back playing or training yet but I'm listening to the medical people and trying to get myself right. The challenge and the focus is to be ready for next season. Me and the medical team decided it'd be best if I tried to get myself right and take an extended period out from the game; then come back fully fit and ready to play." Fletcher has taken over some of Paul Scholes' coaching duties that were freed up when the veteran came out of retirement. And the Scot added: "It's an unpredictable illness and you don't know what lies ahead of you. But I've got to keep staying strong and keep believing. That's an important side of it: positive thinking. I've received great support from everyone in Scotland and down in Manchester. I'm hopeful and really positive that I'll be back and back to my best."The Sun
The same paper claims goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard "may not play again this season after a setback in his battle to come back from damaged ankle ligaments".
Elsewhere, United's share of the column inches are largely dominated by last night's match, although The Telegraph also report Sunderland's decision to give United just 1,700 tickets for what could be a title decider on the final day of the season. In his piece, Mark Ogden reports "senior figures at Old Trafford are to seek urgent clarification from Sunderland after being 'disappointed' by the reduced allocation', while an Independent Manchester United Supporters’ Association spokesman warns thousands of ticketless Reds will travel regardless.
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