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By Simon Hart
MANCHESTER Aug 26 Midfielder Darren Fletcher
will return to Manchester United's squad for Sunday's Premier
League meeting with Arsenal, manager Alex Ferguson said on
The Scottish international has been suffering from virus
which limited him to just two appearances between March and May
last season and has so far kept him out of United's side this
After two reserve appearances, however, he is available to
"Darren Fletcher played a game last night which is great
news. I think the boy is back now," Ferguson told a news
"He had a terrible time but he is now looking terrific. He
will be in the squad for Sunday."
Ferguson also confirmed that Rio Ferdinand and Antonio
Valencia were back in training but Nemanja Vidic would be absent
for "another month".
Ferguson promised to continue with the youngsters who have
brought a fresh dimension to United's play during the opening
weeks of the campaign. Seven of the champions' starting lineup
in Monday's 3-0 win over Tottenham were aged 23 and under.
The Scot said: "They have potential and we are very
enthusiastic about that potential and hopefully they can fulfill
it -- the name of the game is what they achieve, today we've
only played two games against West Brom and Tottenham.
"We've a long way to go, some of their form will taper off
and then the squad will come into play, but at the moment they
are doing very well and I have to let it carry on."
He added: "I am looking forward to Sunday, I think obviously
a Man Utd-Arsenal game is always a contentious game and
significant in terms of the rest of the season and that is why
you always look forward to them."
Ferguson also took a swipe at the English Football
Association when asked about the number of players his side were
about to lose to England duty.
"The FA may realise who has produced more players for their
country than any club in the world," said Ferguson, who received
a five-match touchline ban last season.
(Editing by Justin Palmer)