Manchester United's Darren Fletcher undergoes make-or-break operation

Man Utd midfielder Darren Fletcher wheels away after scoring the second versus QPR on November 24, 2012
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Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher undergoes further bowel surgery in a make-or-break operation to save his playing career.

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has reportedly had a further bowel operation this week in a bid to save his career.

Fletcher was restricted to 13 appearances last season as he continues to battle ulcerative colitis - a debilitating bowel condition.

The 29-year-old had a third surgery earlier this week and will now begin rehabilitation in a bid to return next season, according to The Mirror.

He told The Mirror: "It's been a hard time the last couple of years dealing with something like this. 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."

United boss David Moyes will monitor the situation closely and reportedly hopes to reintroduce Fletcher in the next few months.

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