BREAKING NEWS: Fletcher Takes “Extended Break From Football”

By on December 13, 2011

Manchester United have been dealt another injury blow after midfielder Darren Fletcher has been forced in to taking an extended break from football due to health reasons.

United have today revealed  that Fletcher has been playing through the pain barrier after suffering from ulcerative colitis, which is an inflammatory bowel condition, for some time now.

However, after taking medical advice it has been decided that the Scot will now take a an extended break from both training and match play in order to aid his full recovery. A United statement read:

On behalf of Darren Fletcher, Manchester United wishes to announce that he is taking an extended break from football for health reasons.

Over the past year he has had several absence periods which we have attributed to a viral illness in order to respect his right to medical confidentiality. Darren has, in fact, been suffering from ulcerative colitis (a chronic inflammatory bowel condition) for some time preceding this.

Whilst he was able to maintain remission of symptoms for a considerable period this has proved more difficult recently and Darren’s continued desire to play and his loyalty to both his club and country has probably compromised the chances of optimising his own health and fitness.

He has therefore accepted medical advice to take an extended break from the demands of training and playing in order to afford the best chance possible of achieving full remission once again.

We request that his privacy is respected and hope that the removal of the additional stress associated with speculation regarding his health will also aid his recovery.



  1. lovemore mazivisa

    December 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    it never rains but pours for utd midfield .fergie definately needs to sign high profile midfielders to replace the injured once

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