Crocked Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is targeting a return to Premier League action next season, as he bids to manage his recovery from a chronic bowel condition.
It was announced that the 28-year-old Scotland international would be taking an indefinite break away from the game back in December, as Sir Alex Ferguson pulled him out of his first-team plans in order to focus on his health.
Fletcher first started to experience problems last March, and his absence for all but two of United's games in the final three months of last season was put down to an unexplained virus.
The Red Devils ace is now exploring a variety of different options which will enable him to resume his Old Trafford career, but Fletcher concedes he will not return before the end of the current campaign.
"It's a week-by-week situation so I've not got any timescale on recovery," he told the Manchester Evening News. "But the target for me is next season now. If I can come back then, that would be great for me."
After featuring in 10 of United's games at the start of 2011-12, Fletcher decided he needed to take an extended break in order to establish the true nature of his problems.
"It's something that will never leave me but somehow you have to find a way to manage it so that I can still play my football," he continued. "I'm trying everything under the sun at the moment: diet, hypnotherapy."