Jul 30, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; Manchester United players celebrate a goal in front of cheering fans during the second half of the Herbalife World Football Challenge 2011 at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher to miss start of season

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher told BBC’s Radio 5 on Sunday that he expects to miss the start of next season. The Scottish star recently had surgery to correct an ulcerative colitis problem.

Fletcher, age 29, discussed the bowel disease:

I’ve had it for five years but really struggled to control it for the last three years.” It’s had a big impact on my day-to-day life, never mind trying to play football. Medication wasn’t helping me but surgery was the only solution if I wanted to have not only a future playing football but even a quality of life going forward (BBC).

He added that the recovery process is going smoothly:

It’s all going well. I am still under the hands of the medical team just now and the surgeon who is looking after me. Everything is going to plan so far and I am not that far away now.


I am doing exercise on my own. I’ve not been given the green light to join in contact in football training but I am doing my own running and physical activities and feel great. Hopefully, in the next few weeks I am going to get the green light to join in and to start making the comeback, which is looking very good.

Fletcher has scored 23 goals in 310 appearances for Manchester United.

[Source: BBC]

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