Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 -

DAR­REN FLETCHER ad­mits he is go­ing to have to be pa­tient as he looks to force his way back into Manch­ester United’s ti­tle plans.

Fletcher, 28, has fea­tured in two Cham­pi­ons League games – as well as last month’s League Cup win over New­cas­tle – since re­turn­ing from a se­ri­ous bowel con­di­tion.

But the mid­fielder, who is on Scot­land duty, is des­per­ate to get in on the act in the Premier League, with cru­cial games away to Chelsea and home to Ar­se­nal com­ing up.

Fletcher, whose last league out­ing was in Novem­ber 2011, said: “I have to be pa­tient and wait for my chance but, hope­fully, one will come around sooner rather than later.

“It’s what it’s all about – get­ting as many games as pos­si­ble.

“I think my gen­eral fit­ness is fine. It’s just match fit­ness – the sharp­ness, re­ac­tion times, things in your head and things like that.

“Af­ter not play­ing for a long time, it’s im­por­tant to get games back into your legs.

“For­tu­nately, I have had quite a few games for the re­serves as well.”

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