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Fletcher reveals daily battle against illness
Darren Fletcher has revealed he still faces a daily "battle" against the bowel condition which threatened to end his career at Manchester United following his quicker-than-expected return to first-team action. The Scotland midfielder is expected to make his sixth appearance of the season when Manchester United play Braga in their Champions League Group H encounter in Portugal on Wednesday. Having completed four first-team outings, including all 120 minutes of last week’s Capital One Cup defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Fletcher admits he has surprised himself and manager Sir Alex Ferguson with his progress. But the 28 year-old concedes that he will never be able to say he has completely overcome the ulcerative colitis condition which sidelined him for 10 months. "The condition never goes away and that’s the thing I have to live with," Fletcher said. "Every day is a battle for me. I have to watch my diet and take certain medication or it could come back again. But I am back quicker than I expected. It has been a lot quicker, but that maybe comes down to experience. Maybe you don’t have the sharpness in your legs yet, but it is in your mind, where you can react quicker because you have been in the situations before. I think my legs are coming back. If you had said I would be in this position back in June and July, I wouldn’t have believed you, but as I am here now I think it is going well."
The Daily Express and The Sun report Sir Alex’s hope that United clinch Champions League qualification by beating Braga, so he can rest Rio Ferdinand in the Reds' final two group games.
And The Times goes with the news of the Sir Alex statue that we announced early on Tuesday morning.