James McArthur would 'love' to see Darren Fletcher playing for Scotland again
James McArthur would 'love' to see Darren Fletcher playing for Scotland again, but says his health remains the priority.
Last Updated: 21/09/12 9:43am
Fletcher made his first appearance since November last year on Wednesday night when he featured as a substitute in Manchester United's UEFA Champions League win over Galatasaray.
The 28-year-old has been sidelined by a chronic bowel condition, but his return for United has raised hopes that Fletcher could be available for Scotland's World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Belgium next month.
Wigan midfielder McArthur, who has also been out of action recently, would welcome the prospect of Fletcher pulling on a Scotland shirt again.
"We have missed him, of course we have," said McArthur in the Daily Record. "Most teams would miss a player of Darren's ability and the fact he is such an important player for a club the size of Man United tells you that.
"I would love to see him back in a Scotland shirt but first and foremost, we all just want him to be healthy. That was always the main priority and everyone is delighted that his health must be improving for him to be back training and playing.
"I know Darren will also consider his health to be his main concern, but his football is a massive part of his life and he will be desperate to get back playing for his club and country.
"Playing for Scotland means so much to him and his influence on and off the pitch is massive. Even when he hasn't been involved in the team recently, Darren has still been to games and spoken to the players. He is a big part of our squad but we would rather have him back on the pitch with us."