Manchester United Midfielder Darren Fletcher Set To Miss Champions League Clash With Rangers

Old Trafford star unable to train at Carrington.

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Darren Fletcher was missing from training on Tuesday morning as Manchester United opted to have their final session at Carrington ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League encounter with Rangers.

Sir Alex Ferguson and his players are not due to fly into Scotland until Tuesday afternoon but it already appears Fletcher will not be required in his homeland, although no reason has been offered for his absence on Tuesday.

Darron Gibson and Gary Neville were also notable absentees, although Ryan Giggs was there, along with Wayne Rooney, who is expected to make his first start since the Premier League visit to Bolton at the beginning of last month.

United require a single point to confirm their presence in the last 16, although it will not be easy in a highly-charged atmosphere at Ibrox. (Press Association)

Darren Fletcher’s all-action displays in midfield have been a vital factor in the Red Devils’ unbeaten run this season, and the confirmed Celtic fan is a big loss for Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s team need just a point to qualify for the next stage of the UEFA Champions League, but will want all three if they are to all but seal qualification as Group C winners.

For Rangers, the match is even more crucial.

Their fate is in their own hands, but they need to win both their remaining matches against Manchester United and Bursaspor in order to guarantee qualification. If they win one and draw the other, results elsewhere will need to go their way.

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