Manchester United midfielder Daren Fletcher is stepping up his efforts to return to action next season.
Fletcher has missed the majority of Manchester United's games over the past 18 months as he continues to battle a chronic bowel condition.
His last appearance for the Red Devils came back on Boxing Day against Newcastle, while he has made just ten appearances this season.
Now according to the Sun the Scottish international is hopeful that the worst of his ordeal is behind him, and is on target to return to action next season.
The 29-year-old has an operation in January and is working his way back to full fitness, and the Sun report that Manchester United doctors are "cautiously optimistic" that he will be ready in time to join his team-mates for pre-season training next summer.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson spoke out about Fletcher's condition back earlier this year, hinting that he may have a different role to play upon his return.
"He has [already] had to change his game," he said before Fletcher's operation in January. "When he played this season he wasn't the Darren Fletcher we knew. He was sitting in front of the back four and he did that very well. That could be his role in the future. Some of his performances were very good. When he comes back – and I'm sure he will – it will be in a different role."