Fletcher optimistic for Man Utd return

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is hopeful of a return to the side next season, as he continues to combat a chronic bowel condition, The Daily Mail reports.

Last December, Fletcher announced he was taking an ‘extended break’ from football following medical advice regarding his illness. The 27 year old has not played since mid-November, when he scored in a 2-2 draw with Benfica, after suffering from ulcerative colitis, which is a form of inflammatory bowel disease. Fletcher has taken over some of the coaching responsibilities Paul Scholes held before his decision to come out retirement, but has yet to start training again. There is no precise date over Fletcher’s return, but the Scottish international is focused on next season as when he will come back to Old Trafford.

Fletcher said: “I’m still not ready to come back playing or training yet, but I’m listening to the medical people and trying to get myself right. The challenge and the focus is to be ready for next season. I’ve got to keep staying strong and keep believing”.

For the meantime, Fletcher is happy to work with the Man United coaches and passing advice on to the young players who are trying to come through the ranks. The Scottish international has praised those who have given him great support and is looking to come back to his best qualities.

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