Date: 15th August 2012 at 3:08pm
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insists won’t be rushed back into action after the midfielder made his return against Aberdeen following a 9 month lay off.

Fletcher last played against Benfica in November before it was revealed that he had been suffering with ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel condition.

Since then he has been slowly been recovering, yet no news emerged on whether he would play for again. Last week revealed the midfielder had been training with the Scottish national team ahead of their friendly against Australia, but he made a shock return in last night’s friendly.

is rightly happy to see Fletcher back on the pitch but isn’t going to force anything, rather he will let things take their natural course:

“It’s been quiet progress for the boy.

“He joined in training a couple of weeks ago and it’s one of those situations where you say: ‘Let’s see how he does because he has had a really difficult time in the last year’.

“Therefore, I wasn’t really placing too much hope in it but let’s see how he does.

“He’s got to the stage now where he feels he needs a game. I let him join Scotland this week but he wanted a game so I said: ‘Come to Aberdeen and join up afterwards’.”