Fletcher turns to hypnotherapy in bid to make return after admitting his season is over
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is targeting a return to action next season.
Fletcher has been sidelined for an indefinite period as he seeks to find a way of managing a chronic bowel condition.
The Scotland international is trying a variety of different ways of overcoming the problem – including hypnotherapy – in a manner that would allow him to continue his career.
Still ill: Manchester United's Darren Fletcher (left) has a chronic bowel condition
That other high-profile sports stars, including Sir Steve Redgrave, have managed it does offer genuine reason for optimism.
However, the 28-year-old has written off playing any further part in United's Barclays Premier League title bid this season.
'It's a week-by-week situation so I've not got any timescale on recovery, but the target for me is next season now,' Fletcher told the Manchester Evening News.
'If I can come back then, that would be great for me.
'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.
'I'm trying everything under the sun at the moment: diet, hypnotherapy.'
Hope: Fletcher is targeting next season for his long-awaited comeback
Fletcher first started to experience problems last March. His absence for all but two games of the final three months of last season was put down to a virus.
However, after appearing in 10 United games this term, Fletcher felt he needed to take an extended break and revealed the true nature of his condition.