Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher turns to hypnosis
DARREN Fletcher, the Manchester United midfielder, has revealed that he has tried "everything under the sun", including hypnotherapy, in his attempt to recover from a chronic bowel condition.
Fletcher was sidelined in December for an indefinite period after he was diagnosed with a debilitating bowel condition, ulcerative colitis.
The Scotland international is trying a variety of different ways of overcoming the problem in a manner that would allow him to continue his career with the Premier League champions.
That other high-profile sports stars, including Sir Steve Redgrave, have managed it does offer genuine reason for optimism.
However, the 28 year-old has written off playing any further part in United's title bid this season.
"It's a week-by-week situation so I've not got any timescale on recovery, but the target for me is next season now," Fletcher said.
"If I can come back then, that would be great for me.
"It's something that will never leave me but somehow you have to find a way to manage it so that I can still play my football.
"I'm trying everything under the sun at the moment: diet, hypnotherapy."
Fletcher first started to experience problems last March. His absence for all but two games of the final three months of last season was initially put down to a virus.
However, after appearing in 10 United games this seasonm, Fletcher felt he needed to take an extended break and revealed the true nature of his condition.