Darren Fletcher is 28 and at a critical time of his career. Even as recently as three months ago there was serious doubt about whether he would ever play again for Manchester United on a full time basis. If he does, he could provide the missing link in midfield.
Suddenly, it seems, he has regained weight, fitness and probably optimism that he can reignite his career. The next few months could be make or break for him.
The interest of the United fans in his welfare and Sir Alex's concern has been more than just sentimental.
Darren Fletcher had established himself as one of United's senior and most influential players. There have been many reasons advanced as to why United failed to win the Premier League last year. In its own way, Fletchr's absence may have been just as pivotal as that of Nemanja Vidic.
If he suddenly returns to the fold, as good as he was before, he could be the lynchpin for the recovery of the Championship.
He is not the most talented player at Old Trafford, nor even the best midfielder, but he brings a set of qualities that complement every other player in those departments in different ways.
Darren Fletcher returned to the First Team squad last week after playing 90 minutes with the Reserves. While we all hold our breath, these are some of the reasons why we want him back.