Fletcher has been out of action since December with a chronic bowel illness and whilst no return date was given, it was presumed he would be back in United’s colours.
Fletcher moonlighted as a coach for the reserves at points this season, but with no news on his return rumours began to circulate midweek that he was ready to hang up his boots.
The club moved to quash these rumours and Sir Alex Ferguson has further dispelled this by trying to lock in a date for the Scottish midfielder’s return:
“We’re hoping he will start pre-season training.
“He is on the recovery road at the moment in the sense of some work he is doing.
“But we can’t assess it because we don’t know enough about it.
“Darren’s medical people are dealing with it and our doctor has a good idea of the situation but at the moment the boy is doing his best to come back.”