Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher turns to hypnosis
Published 29/02/2012 | 13:52
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.