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United’s Darren Fletcher may make earlier recovery from bowel condition

Published 04/01/2012 | 16:14

DARREN Fletcher could return to action for Manchester United before the end of the season after Scotland manager Craig Levein revealed that the midfielder’s recovery from a chronic bowel condition will be reviewed after ‘four months’ complete rest.’

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United announced last month that the 27-year-old Scotland captain would take a full break from football in an effort to overcome the debilitating effects of ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel condition.

At the time, it appeared as though Fletcher would sidelined for the rest of the 2011-12 season, with genuine fears that the midfielder faced a battle to save his top-level career.

While Fletcher could still miss the remainder of this campaign, however, Levein, who is determined to have the Edinburgh-born player back for Scotland’s 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, admitted that the his situation will become clearer in the spring

Levein said: “He (Fletcher) is out for four months’ complete rest and then we can reassess things.

“I’d be desperately hoping to have him for the qualifiers.”

Levein also revealed that Fletcher has endured a long-term battle with colitis, stretching back to his early twenties.

He said: “He has had this for nearly four years now, he’s been pushing himself, and he’s really suffering it this time.

“He desperately wants to play. He’s just a fantastic example of fortitude and desire.”



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