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No date set for Fletcher return
Darren Fletcher has banned himself from entering the club's Carrington training ground until he has beaten the illness which has blighted him for the past three years. The 29-year-old has undergone numerous operations and been put on a strict dietary regime in a bid to correct his stomach condition and allow him to resume playing duties. But a definitive date for his comeback still eludes him and his medical advisors. Now Fletcher has made the decision to stay away from David Moyes' squad until he is ready to rejoin them on a permanent basis. He said: “I'm staying away from the training ground right now just because it is difficult being there when you are not actually training. I've spoken to the manager, he seems great and we have discussed the plan going forward. I just can't wait to go back when I'm ready to get back training, not just plodding around no use to anyone.” Fletcher last went under the surgeon's knife in January but while a timescale has not yet been placed on his return to action, he believes there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. “It's been very frustrating. I've struggled for three years. But knowing that it is hopefully coming to an end and that I can get back playing football to the level I expect to be playing is exciting.
In the Daily Star, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany states his belief that United are the team to beat this season. “I think you have to keep it in the order of last season’s ranking,” the Belgian is quoted. “United won last season so they will be the favourites, then it will be us, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool. That’s how it goes but every season it changes so we’ll see how it goes. For the neutrals it will be such an interesting season.”
Meanwhile, The Telegraph’s Chris Bascombe says David Moyes will continue his pursuit of Cesc Fabregas - despite claims that the Reds have given up on the Barcelona midfielder.