Monday 23 April 2018

Darren Fletcher back to competitive action for Man United after debilitating disease

Darren Fletcher has vowed to be patient as he remains on the sidelines
Darren Fletcher has vowed to be patient as he remains on the sidelines

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has made a return to competitive action, playing 67 minutes for the club's under-21 team as he battles back from a chronic illness.

The 29-year-old Scotland captain announced in November 2011 that he was taking an extended break from the game after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a bowel condition.

He has missed most of the past two seasons, and last appeared for United's senior team on Dec. 26 2012.

He made his latest comeback in a 2-2 draw against Fulham's under-21 team last night.

"It's been a long time so it's good to get back tonight," Fletcher told the Manchester United television channel.

"I've been training for a few weeks now and the next progression is to get some match-time. I enjoyed it.

"The plan was to get to half-time and see how I felt. Then get to 60 minutes and take it from there and, although I felt I could have gone on a bit longer, the plan was not to play more than that, so I'm better sticking to the plan and not upsetting the sports science lads."

Reuters

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