Close to ten months have passed ever since United fan favourite Daren Fletcher has made a first team appearance for his side and all that seems set to change come October 29 when United face off against Norwich City in the Capital One Cup at Old Trafford. reports that Fletcher who has been battling a serious bowel condition has been in full training for a fortnight and could be fit for first team action. The team does not want to put pressure on the player by hyping up his return and are looking to keep the issue a secret.

With places up for grabs alongside Michael Carrick who has been superbly consistent for United this season, should Fletcher be able to reproduce his form which endeared him to the United faithful - he could be the answer to what United need in midfield.

However, it is highly unlikely he will be making a significant impact anytime soon with his illness still plaguing him. With manager David Moyes still unable to find the perfect midfield partner for Carrick, Fletcher stands an off chance of breaking into the first team once again but only time will tell if he is able to rebuild his fitness and maintain a good form if given the chance.

United have struggled in the creative department of late. With the arrival of Marouane Fellaini, it was understood that the much needed steel in midfield would free up Carrick to work his magic but sadly that has not been the case thus far for United.

With Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs and Anderson sitting on bench, Moyes will find his strength in depth relatively shallow in the middle of the park. Their weaknesses are still being exposed and United have once again relied on their attacking prowess to bail them out of a losing situation.

Surely the addition of Fletcher who was a truly spirited player on the field can do no harm to an already troubled team.

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