Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher says he is itching to get back to Premier League action after nearly a year away.
Fletcher is steadily making his comeback from having to deal with debilitating bowel condition ulcerative colitis, and is desperate to run out for the Old Trafford club in the league once more.
The Scotland captain has already pulled on the Manchester United shirt in the Champions League and Capital One Cup, but the last time he made a league appearance was against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in November of last year.
As well as getting back his match nous, Fletcher is confident he will soon find his best form once more and will be pushing hard for a regular starting berth in Sir Alex Ferguson’s midfield.
“It's what it's all about, getting as many games as possible,” he told the club’s official website.
“I know the manager has got such a big squad now, especially in the midfield area, and there is a lot of competition for places. I have to be patient and wait for my chances but, hopefully, one will come around sooner rather than later.
“I think my general fitness is fine, it's just match fitness - the sharpness, reaction times, things in your head and things like that. The positional sense, when you're a little bit older, comes back to you fairly quickly.”
Fletcher made an impressive return in the league cup victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford, as well two European fixtures.
It could be a timely return to action for Ferguson as well, as the Manchester United midfield has come in for some criticism over its ability to protect the back four early in the season – something Fletcher excels at.