Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Darren Fletcher remains on the comeback trail, despite midweek rumours that he was about to announce his retirement.

Speculation surfaced in the aftermath of United's defeat at Manchester City on Monday that the Scotland skipper had lost his battle against a chronic bowel condition, that forced him to take a break from the game in December.

But Ferguson rejected these fears, saying: "We're hoping he will start pre-season training."

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