Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is far away from returning to first-team action, according to his manager David Moyes.
Since December 2012,the 29-year-old has not played for United due to a bowel problem and has been limited to appearances for the Under-21 side, completing a fixture earlier in November.
Moyes feels Fletcher needs to play more with the youth team before he can be considered for a return to action with first-team.
“I don’t think he’s quite ready yet,” Moyes told the club’s official website.
“He has a bit to do in terms of more reserve games. It’s great to see him training regularly, that’s a big thing. He’s beginning to look like a footballer again, and that in itself is a real plus for him.”
Midfielder Michael Carrick is currently also out due to an Achilles injury, but is eager to take his time with Fletcher’s return due to the severity of ulcerative colitis – a form of inflammatory bowel disease.
“I wouldn’t want to put a date on (a return) because of the condition,” he added.
“It’s something we just have to take as we go along. He’s training well and looking good, so we’ll try to ensure that continues.
“I would hate to put a date on things and I’d need to check in with the doctors as well that everything is going to plan.”