United boss expects Fletcher to adapt role
Published 19/01/2013 | 05:00
Alex Ferguson believes Darren Fletcher will come back in a different role after surgery for his chronic bowel conditions . Attempts to treat the condition, ulcerative colitis, had failed, requiring the surgery.
The 28-year-old Scotland captain was diagnosed with the condition in March 2011. His 89th-minute substitute's appearance against Newcastle United on St Stephen's Day proved to be his 10th and final appearance for United this season.
Ahead of tomorrow's game with Tottenham, Ferguson said he expects Fletcher to return in July. "We tried to manage the condition with the treatments he was using," the United manager said. "This is a blow given he's been dealing with the condition for a couple of years now. This is another step in terms of his health and his career. This will improve his prospects.
"He has (already) had to change his game. When he played this season he wasn't the Darren Fletcher we knew. He was sitting in front of the back four and he did that very well. That could be his role in the future. Some of his performances were very good. When he comes back it will be in a different role." (© Independent News Service)