Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher cannot wait to get back into Champions League action tonight when the Red Devils face Greek champions Olympiakos in the last-16 tie, reports The Daily Mirror.
The Scot hasn't played in Europe's top competition since 2012 when United were beaten by minnows FC Cluj at Old Trafford 1-0. Fletcher had been suffering from a debilitating condition, called ulcerative colitis which has halted his career for two years.
The Champions League hasn't been kind to the 30-year old, with him being an unused substitute in the 2008 penalty shootout triumph over rivals Chelsea and was suspended in United's defeat by Barcelona in the 2009 final. He was also not on the pitch for 2011 final at Wembley, where they were again defeated by Barcelona at Wembley due to his bowel condition.
He has regained fitness this term though, and has nailed a place in David Moyes' midfield set up, being named in the Champions League squad for the knockout phase after failing to make the cut for the group stages.
United play the first leg in Athens tonight, and Fletcher said: “We have a tough tie and if we get through that anything can happen from there.
“Being in the Champions League squad is a massive thing for me. It was nice when I saw that I had been named back in the squad.
“The manager felt I wouldn’t be able to play a part in the group matches and so he never named me in the squad. That turned out to be true but now I’m back playing and have been back in the squads since Boxing Day.
“So I want to be a part of it. That is my challenge, to get into the team for those games.
“I have unfinished business in the Champions League and it would be nice to finish that off.”
Fletcher conceded that the competition was now even more important for the Premier League champions, with their defence of the title all but over, and out of both domestic cup competitions.
“We’re still in the Champions League and it’s going to become massively important for us,” said Fletcher.
“There’s no doubt in the final 11 league games we’re going to have to put a run together to make sure we finish in the top four.
“It’s going to be a challenge. We’re in a position where it’s a challenge. We have to win games, we’re behind as it is.
“If the teams in front of us keep winning, then it’s out of our hands.
“All we can do is look after ourselves, get back to winning ways, get this club into the Champions League and finish the season on a good run. That will help us at the start of next season."
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