Fletch returns as Kiko and Diouf may be on the way

Months of frustrating uncertainty may finally be coming to an end for Darren Fletcher as he got one step closer to a first team return with a strong 90 minute display in the reserves at Arsenal on Monday night. A Manchester United second string side went down 2-1 to the Gunners but more importantly for Fletcher, he came through the entire match unscathed and looking more like his usual self.

Reserves boss Warren Joyce was pleased with the performance of the midfielder, who missed the run in to last season with a mystery virus that also prevented him from going on the pre season tour to the USA.

“Obviously there are players who need games and we have to think of ways to accommodate all those players that needed a game” Joyce told MUTV ” It’s great to see Fletch coming through as he works hard and is a tremendous professional. It’s good to see him come through 90 minutes unscathed. It’s up to the manager and how Darren recovers from this but hopefully, touch wood, he’ll be feeling in good nick and can take part in training later in the week.”

It will be music to the ears of Sir Alex Ferguson as he grapples with a mounting injury list at such an early stage of the season. Despite his problems, Ferguson could be about to send two of his youngsters out on loan to aid their football development.

The latest speculation suggests Italian striker Federico Macheda and Senegalese forward Mame Biram Diouf may be offered to other Premier clubs. Both spent time away from Old Trafford last season, Kiko in Serie A with Sampdoria for six months while Diouf had a year at Blackburn Rovers.

United have yet to say where their likely destinations will be but the Newcastle Chronicle claims that Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been offered both players. Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has also confirmed holding talks withFerguson following Paul Scholes testimonial about players he’d be prepared to send out on loan.

Is it wise to send players out on loan when the injury toll is mounting?

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