Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher will undergo further surgery in an attempt to cure the stomach illness that has plagued his career in recent years.
Fletcher, the current Scotland national team captain, has been battling ulcerative colitis for around three years, and only recently has the illness prohibited his ability to play first-team football.
The 29-year-old has had the last of three career saving operations in the past week, and the Scot will hope for a positive outcome that would enable him to return to first-team football.
Speaking to the Mirror before the operation, Fletcher said: "It's been a battle but if I come through the last operation okay at the end of June then that will be the breakthrough I've been waiting for and I should be okay to resume playing again."
Fletcher also highlighted the struggle of having to deal with an illness that stops you playing football for such a long period of time.
"It's been a hard time the last couple of years dealing with something like this." he added. "As a professional footballer all you want to do is play, but that's not been possible for me. But if the operation is a success I've been told there should be nothing to stop me being cleared to play again."
Positive news will be a massive bonus for everyone involved at Manchester United, as the Red Devils have often missed the experience of the 29-year-old at times in the middle of the park in the past couple of seasons.
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