Manchester United's Scotland International Darren Fletcher, has admitted to BBC Sport that he is lucky to be here today, let alone playing professional football again.

The midfielder, capped 61 times by his country, which he has led since Barry Ferguson's sacking in 2009, was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2011. The symptoms of which saw him going to the toilet 20 or 30 times a day, and loosing a lot of blood from it, multiple times he found himself in hospital on an IV drip and it was eventual surgery that enabled him to return to fitness.

Three years of his career have been interrupted by this illness, but the fans favourite has returned to the Premier League with the same marauding spirit, and porfessionalism that made him a regular under Sir Alex Ferguson. Fletcher orchestrates the United midfield, but is also often found upfield putting the ball in the back of the net frequently.

He has four Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, one World Club Cup and one Champions League to his name. And many of the Old Trafford faithful think that the 2009 Champions League final could've gone the other way had Fletcher not been suspended in controversial fashion in the semi-final.

Fletcher is now looking to lengthen his professional career as the fear of illness still surrounds him. United fans are glad to see his return, as they look for some extra midfield quality for this already failing season.

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