The Scotland captain is taking an extended break from football after a chronic bowel complaint and would now appear to be out of action until next seasonManchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher will not play again this season after Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed the news at his press conference yesterday.
Fletcher has not featured for United since November and, although he was an unused substitute against Basle in December, it later emerged that he was suffering from a chronic bowel complaint.
The Scottish midfielder subsequently took an extended break from the game as he wanted to ensure he was fighting fit for next season.
It was therefore generally assumed that the 27-year-old would not be involved again this season, but when Fletcher was spotted at the Etihad Stadium to see United’s 3-2 win over neighbours Manchester City, rumours emerged that he could yet feature again this term.
Other recent reports revealed that Fletcher could be well on the road to recovery faster than United had expected, but speaking before his side’s trip to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, Sir Alex moved to dismiss such talk.
"I don't expect Fletcher to come back," said the Red Devils' boss.
"Darren will be out for the season."
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