Date: 24th August 2012 at 11:40pm
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has paid tribute to as the Scottish midfielder continues his recovery from an inflamatory bowl condition.

Fletcher went on hiatus last December when he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, but in the past few week he has stepped up his recovery with 30 minutes in a friendly game against Aberdeen and then 90 in the u21 team’s victory over Stoke last Saturday.

has stated that he won’t be rushing Fletcher back into first team action and Levein has echoed Sir Alex words.

“As soon as feel he is capable of playing then he will be back in the squad for Scotland but I don’t want to take any risks.”

Levein has been impressed with how Fletcher has dealt with the affliction and has hailed his former captain’s attitude:

“What he has been through in the last three or four years, lesser people would have folded 10 times over. He is a remarkable man, someone I love to have around the group.

“He is such a role model for the rest of our players. He is without a doubt the figurehead for the national team.

“He is someone who the rest of the players look up to as a player and as a human being.

“With somebody with the resilience and bravery he has got, I would never think he hasn’t got the chance (of coming back).”