Darren Fletcher declares himself fit for Scotland

The 28-year-old feels ready for both upcoming matches as he looks to continue his comeback following almost a year away from the game overcoming a chronic bowel complaint

Darren Fletcher has declared himself fit ahead of Scotland's World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Belgium.

The Manchester United midfielder has only just come back from a chronic bowel complaint that has sidelined him for almost a year, but he feels up to the task.

He told reporters: "I feel ready to play both matches. I feel fit, I feel strong and I feel ready for the games. It's great to be back.

"It's been a while and I'm just desperate for the game to start. Hopefully I'm playing and I can do my part in getting a good result for Scotland."

Fletcher also stated that he never gave up on playing for his country during his time away from the game.

He added: "Not at all. I always believed I would be back and fortunately I'm here today. It proves that I always had the belief that one day I would be back and helping the lads qualify for a major competition."

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher makes a return to the squad after almost two years away from the international set-up after resolving his differences with national boss Craig Levein.

But Darren Fletcher believes a victory against Wales will not be solely down to the return of the duo.

He stated: "If we beat Wales on Friday it won't just be because me and Steven are named in the team.

"It will need a good team effort. If it can be a boost to the rest of the players that's great. You look for any small margin you can.

"But knowing the players, they will be ready for this game irrespective of whether me and Steven are in the team.

"We'll be looking to win the match and whoever is playing will give their all and hopefully we can get a positive result for Scotland."

The Tartan Army are unbeaten with two draws against Serbia and Macedonia and take on a Wales side still reeling from a 6-1 defeat by Serbia last time out.

Fletcher added: "Wales are a team full of players playing in the Premier League in England, with the ability to be a really good side.

"I know they had a difficult result away to Serbia. People see that as them being low in confidence, and they might well be, but you can also look at it the other way and say there's a real determination about them to prove that they are a good side and I think that's what we will see from Wales.

"They will be full of determination to prove that was a fluke result so we've got to be very wary of that.

"I was surprised actually because that's not a true reflection of Wales or Serbia to be perfectly honest.

"Having played against Serbia, we know they are a decent side but I think for Wales to lose 6-1, it wasn't a fair reflection and I'm sure they will be desperate to show that."