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Fletcher trains with Scotland squad

Darren Fletcher will train with the Scotland squad this week as he continues his recovery from a long-standing chronic bowel complaint.

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The Scotland manager Craig Levein said Manchester United midfielder Fletcher was on his way back to playing competitive football for the first time since November.

It appeared that 28-year-old Fletcher's career could be in the balance when Old Trafford manager Sir Alex Ferguson said last month that he had still not made a return to training.

But Levein, naming his squad for the friendly against Australia, said: "Darren will be with us at the weekend - he is back in training and he played 45 minutes in a practice match last week.

"He is not in the squad because he has not played for Manchester United, but he will come back and do a bit of training with us.''

Fletcher's illness meant he made only ten appearances last season, the last of them against Benfica at Old Trafford in November, and last featured for Scotland against Spain in October.

The Scotland squad is as follows: Allan McGregor (Besiktas), Matt Gilks (Blackpool), David Marshall (Cardiff), Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), Phil Bardsley (Sunderland), Christophe Berra (Wolves), Gary Caldwell (Wigan), Daniel Fox (Southampton), Grant Hanley (Blackburn), Russell Martin (Norwich), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic), Andy Webster (Hearts), Charlie Adam (Liverpool), Barry Bannan (Aston Villa), Don Cowie (Cardiff), Graham Dorrans (West Brom), James Forrest (Celtic), Shaun Maloney (Wigan), James Morrison (West Brom), Robert Snodgrass (Norwich), Matt Phillips (Blackpool), Jamie Mackie (QPR), Steven Naismith (Everton), Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield).

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