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Thoughts Go Out To Darren Fletcher

The football world has wished Darren Fletcher well again, after the Manchester United midfielder was ruled out for the rest of the season.

Scottish international midfielder Fletcher has undergone surgery to help him recover from the chronic bowel disease he suffers from, ulcerative colitis.

The 28-year-old missed most of last season and the start of this season, after his illness became too severe for him to play without critically endangering himself.

There were fears that Fletcher would never play again, but he delighted United, Scotland and the football world by returning to play 18 games for club and country this season.

However, Fletcher will not play again in this campaign, after undergoing surgery which is hoped to cure him of his condition for good.

"Darren Fletcher will be unavailable for the remainder of this season having undergone surgery to resolve his ulcerative colitis condition," United said in a statement on their website on Thursday.

"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 and we look forward to him returning next season with this problem firmly behind him." 

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