The immediate future of Manchester United’s midfield doesn’t look likely to improve in the coming months after Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that there is still no return date for club veteran, Darren Fletcher, who is currently battling a stomach illness.
It was revealed in December that the Scottish international would be taking an indefinite break from football so that he could concentrate on making a healthy recovery from an intestinal virus.
It was also revealed by Scotland manager, Craig Levein, that the illness was nothing new to the 27 year-old, and that the midfielder had secretly been fighting the issue for the past four years, with both club and country keeping the knowledge from public interest.
Fletcher has been a reliable figure for the Red Devils for almost the last decade, regularly notching up over 30 appearances for the English giants each season.
Sir Alex Ferguson remains hopeful that his playmaker will make a speedy recovery, but is aware that these matters can’t be rushed if his player is to safeguard himself from suffering a similar ordeal in the future.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Fergsuon stated: “I think the important thing is to trust the doctors looking after him because they’re the ones that are going to be mapping out what to do with his future, and whether the medicine he’s taking at the moment is making an impact and improving him.”
Olympic gold medallist rower Steve Redgrave is another athlete who suffered the same illness in 1992, making a recovery some time later, of which Ferguson is glad.
“It’s great to get information from other sources on how they’ve dealt with it, and hopefully somewhere along the line they’ll find a route back.”