Manchester United’s Scottish midfielder Darren Fletcher has had his playing career thrown in to doubt after his manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, revealed that the player had not joined the team in pre-season training and would not be fit for the season. In addition, Ferguson fuelled speculation that Fletcher’s career was in jeopardy saying
He has got challenges that we are happy to be patient with. But he won’t be starting the season. It’s a shame because he’s such a magnificent professional and nice guy. If it doesn’t work out for him he knows he has always got a position at this club.
Fletcher has been out of action since December after it was revealed that he is battling colitis which is a condition that affects the bowel. Colitis can be caused by a number of factors including an auto-immune response and causes symptoms such as abdominal pain, fever, chills, weight loss, blood in the bowel movement and tenesmus, the constant urge to have a bowel movement. There is currently no cure with emphasis placed on easing symptoms.
Fletcher joined Manchester United in 1995 at the age of 11 and progressed through the junior ranks to the first team where he won four Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups as well as the Champions League. He is the current captain of Scotland.