Fletcher set for Gunners return

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Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher will return from illness against Arsenal reserves in Thursday night's friendly at Old Trafford.

The Scot has been missing for United since the beginning of March with a mystery illness.

But with United on the brink of making the Champions League final and six points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League, Fletcher is set to give Sir Alex Ferguson a welcome boost ahead of the late season run-in.


In the absence of Fletcher, United have beaten both Marseille and Chelsea in the Champions League, while putting one foot in the final, which the 27-year-old missed in 2009 due to suspension, after beating Schalke 04 on Tuesday night.

Despite being knocked-out of the FA Cup by rivals Manchester City at Wembley, the club's lead at the top of the league has extended to six points ahead of Sunday's visit to Arsenal and the home game with Chelsea seven days later.

In the reserve match at the Theatre of Dreams, United's second string can secure the title if they can beat a Gunners side which should include Thomas Vermaelen, who has been missing since September.

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