Fletch no concern to Levein
Craig Levein has no concerns over thrusting Darren Fletcher into a crucial qualifier after his lengthy injury lay-off.
Last Updated: 02/09/11 12:54pm
Scotland manager Craig Levein has no concerns over thrusting Darren Fletcher into a crucial qualifier after the midfielder's lengthy injury lay-off.
The Manchester United man has participated in just two competitive fixtures since March through a mystery virus and Czech Republic will provide the opposition in his first international appearance of 2011.
Levein warned last month that Fletcher would need to make "exceptional" progress to return to his squad but he is confident his skipper is ready to face the Czechs and also Lithuania next week.
"I have been assured by him and his club he is 100%," Levein said. "On the evidence of training this week I can tell you that's true.
"He has not played for a while, certainly not at this level. But he has the experience at this level. Is he going to be fazed by playing a game at this level? Certainly not. So for me it's an easy decision.
"I have absolutely no concerns whatsoever, in fact it's a huge bonus for us to have Darren fit and available and ready to lead the team."
One player who is unavailable is Blackburn defender Grant Hanley, and it appears Danny Wilson and Christophe Berra are vying for the centre-back slot alongside Gary Caldwell.
Levein said: "Grant Hanley has got tonsillitis and has been sent home, but he is improving and he will join up with us again on Sunday.
"We have had one or two little niggles this week but everyone should be okay."