Caldwell lauds shock Fletcher return

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Scotland defender Gary Caldwell is thrilled to have captain Darren Fletcher available after illness looked set to keeping the midfielder out of their crunch European Championship qualifier against Liechtenstein.

The Manchester United man had been seemingly ruled out after reportedly suffering from tonsillitis .

However, Fletcher flew out to join the squad on Friday, and is expected to be in contention to feature for the Scots, to the delight of Caldwell.

“It's a massive boost,” said Caldwell. “He's our captain, he's our leader and he is a massive player for Manchester United and ourselves.


“For the whole week we counted him out and didn't think he'd be available. But to have him is going to be a big boost.”

Striker Kenny Miller is a major doubt for Scotland with a groin injury, but is being given every possible opportunity to prove his fitness, and Caldwell is thrilled that both may be able to take to the field for the first of two mammoth qualifiers.

“Kenny is also training and to have him would be massive as well,” he said.

“They've both got over 50 caps and they'll bring an experience to the team about playing in these games and what you need to [do to] win in these games.

“That's going to be the important thing - to have these guys available.”

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