Darren Fletcher using hypnotists to aid Manchester United comeback

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

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

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.