For the second sucessive season Darren Fletcher’s playing time has been ended prematurely due to a bowel problem with a condition called ulcerative colitis. The midfielder looked to have beaten the condition after he achieved a good period of sustained health, but the club insist he was always going to undergo surgery.
It felt like we’d not seen Darren in a while, the last time he started was away at Reading in early December, and not seeing him around since meant you feared the worst. The 28-year old Scot gave us that solidity in midfield that we’ve often lacked, and he has been a useful player to utilise in cup games, so its bitterly disappointing to find out that his season is over already.
A statement from the club stated: “Darren Fletcher will be unavailable for the remainder of this season having undergone surgery to resolve his ulcerative colitis condition.
“We wish to stress this was a planned procedure undertaken at the optimal time having achieved a period of sustained good general health, as illustrated by the fact that Darren has trained with the team regularly this season and been available for selection right up to the operation.”
“Whilst it is frustrating for both Darren and the club that he won’t be able to contribute further during this campaign, this decision has been taken with our full support in the best interests of his long term health.
“We look forward to him returning next season with this problem firmly behind him.
“We would be grateful if his privacy could be respected at this time and in the coming months in order to aid his recuperation.”
Get well soon, Fletch!