Man United Midfielder Darren Fletcher to Take ‘Extended Break’ Due to Serious Stomach Illness

Old Trafford midfielder has a chronic bowel condition.

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Manchester United and Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher is taking an extended break from football due to a serious stomach illness.

A United statement said the 27-year-old is suffering from ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel condition.

His last game was in the Champions League against Benfica on 22 November, when he scored.

The club said Fletcher had “accepted medical advice to take an extended break”.

He is taking that break “in order to afford the best chance possible of achieving full remission once again”.


This is not the best of news for Sir Alex Ferguson or indeed the Scottish international himself. The 27 year old has missed a lot of football over the pats 12 months and the Old Trafford boss will hope that he gets a clean bill of health soon.

The Man United manager already has the likes of Anderson and Tom Cleverley out injured, severely affecting Ferguson’s midfield options and will also be without Nemanja Vidic for the rest of the season after he was injured in Basel. This will fuel talk of possible January additions.

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