Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher has expressed his sympathy for fellow midfielder Tom Cleverley, and admitted the Red Devils are missing his services.
Sir Alex Ferguson reported that Cleverley was ruled out until Christmas after suffering a recurrence of ankle ligament damage in his side’s win over Everton.
The Old Trafford team have been accused of lacking creativity in midfield, and Fletcher believes Cleverley will be able to add some quality when the England international returns to the United squad.
“Tom will be very disappointed personally, as we are as a team. He had been performing so well and had a great start to the season,” said the Scotland captain.
“The important thing now is that he gets the injury right. It is one of those niggly ones. He came back and had a recurrence.
Fletcher also revealed his hope that Cleverley’s return can coincide with a United push for trophies come the end of the season, but the young playmaker must recover fully to avoid any more setbacks.
“The best thing for him to do is get himself right,” insisted Fletcher.
“He will be an important player for the remainder of the season and hopefully the push for silverware. He is thought very highly of and rightly so because of his performances.
“People say he is still young but he has had a lot of experience. He was in the Premier League with Wigan last year and had a loan spell at Watford. He did fantastically well at both clubs.
“We are delighted to have him back from Wigan. He is an important part of our squad now and has fought his way into the team with some great performances this season,” he concluded.