The Scottish striker could be in the squad to face Arsenal, though Gus Poyet does not want to risk stalling his recovery as the Black Cats approach their Capital One Cup final
The Scot has not featured for the Stadium of Light outfit since coming off the bench in his side's 1-0 victory over Stoke City on January 29.
But, with the striker set to return to training on Wednesday, Poyet is hopeful he could be in contention for this weekend's visit to the Emirates Stadium.
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"He's had a programme with the expectation that he will be able to play at Arsenal.
"I don't know Achilles injuries, but for people I have known, they are always worried about feeling something, so we'll have to see how he is.
"Perfection would be for him to play against Arsenal. I would like to have him for then, even if it's on the bench.
"That would be a great situation for him to feel part of the group again and playing. If not, I would like to think he will be alright for the final."
Fletcher has scored just three goals in 22 appearances in all competitions for Sunderland this season.