Darren Fletcher is back in full training with Manchester United and in contention for a squad berth in their Champions League opener against Galatasaray on Wednesday night.
Fletcher has not played for the Reds since November of last year due to a chronic bowel condition which blighted his 2011 playing year.
The Scot made just 11 appearances last season and missed the majority of United's finale to their record 19th league title-winning campiagn in 2010-11.
Fletcher's absence was originally owed to a virus by manager Sir Alex Ferguson, as the club protected his medical confidentiality.
However in December United announced he had been placed on an extended break by due to the debilitating effects of the bowel condition ulcerative colitis.
Fletcher, 27, was included in the preliminary squad for the weekend win over Wigan Athletic but watched on from the stands as he waits to make his comeback.
The Scotland international's last appearance for the club - who he has been with for the entirety of his career - was in the Champions League when he scored in the 2-2 draw against Benfica.