The Scottish enforcer will miss the start of the new season after failing to begin training since taking a break from football in December due to a chronic bowel complaint
The 28-year-old is yet to resume training and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that, even if it came down to the worst-case scenario and Fletcher had to retire from the game, he would still be offered a role at the club.
"He has not started training with us, he has obviously got great challenges ahead," the Red Devils boss told reporters.
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"It is unfortunate because he is such a magnificent professional and such a nice lad. If it doesn't work for him, he knows he has a position at the club anyway."
Fletcher has made exactly 300 appearances for the club since making his debut in 2003.