Manchester United have announced that midfielder Darren Fletcher will take an extended break from football for medical reasons.
The Scottish captain missed most of the remainder of last season due to a ongoing virus and despite making a brief recovery he has failed to recover. He has made just ten appearances this season after making his comeback for Scotland in September However, Fletcher has been suffering from a chronic inflammatory bowel condition and the 27-year-old is to take a break from the game.
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.
“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.”
The news comes as a further blow to United after Nemanja Vidic was ruled out for the season while Anderson and Tom Cleverley continue to be sidelined.