• Premier League

Man Utd's Fletcher not considering retirement

ESPN staff
July 21, 2012
Darren Fletcher is taking his time to return to action © PA Photos

Darren Fletcher has assured Manchester United fans he will return to first-team action, despite his ongoing lay-off on medical grounds.

Fletcher had established himself as a key part of Sir Alex Ferguson's squad over recent seasons, but a chronic bowel condition saw him disappear from action in December.

Such is the nature of Fletcher's condition that the possibility exists that he may never return to the level reached earlier in his career. And it has even been suggested that the Scotland international will be forced into retirement.

Fletcher does not believe that to be the case though, and while he does not currently know when he expects to be back, the midfielder is convinced he will play for Manchester United again.

"That's not really an option," Fletcher said of retirement in the Daily Star. "I just want to keep playing.

"I know one day I will be back. I'm only 28 and want to give myself every opportunity.

"I've not started training yet, but I'm listening to the doctors and just taking my time. At the moment I feel like I'm capable of coming back."

United were hit by an injury blow on Saturday with news Chris Smalling will be out until October. The defender has had to undergo surgery on a broken metatarsal.

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