Fletcher fitness never in doubt

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Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher believes he's fully recovered from a virus which struck him down at the end of last season.

The Scottish international captain missed three months of the campaign in 2010/11, and only recovered enough to sit on the bench during the Champions League final defeat against Barcelona at Wembley in May.

He was subsequently left behind during the tour of America amidst fears he was being struck down again, but the 27-year-old took the break away from his teammates as a chance to get his fitness levels back to full standard.

Euro 2012 qualifying appearances helped speed-up Fletcher's recovery further, and the central midfielder is back in contention as a first-choice regular at Old Trafford.

"I feel fine. I knew I would be. My natural fitness is always very good. I never had a problem with that, and I worked hard with the fitness coaches whilst the rest of the lads were away on tour," he said ahead of tonight's Champions League clash against Otelul Galati.

"I reached my level fairly quickly, then it was a question of matches because the more you play, the more you get your sharpness back and awareness back. I was lucky in the respect I was able to get a few games for Scotland before I played for United, which definitely helped me.

"I have played ten games so far this season and I feel as though I am back to the level I should be at."

The Red Devils sit second in the Group C table going into tonight's fixture, sitting two points behind Benfica and just one ahead of FC Basel, who managed a draw against Sir Alex Ferguson's side in round two of fixtures.

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