14 Dec '11, 1am

Man Utd midfielder Darren Fletcher to take an extended break from football due to chronic illness

Man Utd midfielder Darren Fletcher to take an extended break from football due to chronic illness

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is to take an extended break from football due to health reasons, the club confirmed on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AP MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is to take an extended break from football due to health reasons, the club confirmed on Tuesday. The Premier League champions said Fletcher, 27, had been battling the bowel condition ulcerative colitis, which had already forced the midfielder to miss several months last season. United said the club had previously attributed Fletcher's absence to a mystery viral illness in order to protect the player's medical confidentiality. 'Darren has, in fact, been suffering from ulcerative colitis (a chronic inflammatory bowel condition) for some time preceding this,' United said. 'Whilst he was able to maintain remission of symptoms for a considerable p...

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