I hate scare mongering, but.....
When Fletcher was left out of the touring party to the USA I wasn't concerned. Anyone who saw him at the end of the season, could see how much weight he had lost and the thought of him having special conditioning training made sense. However, there's a worrying story emerging today.
From the Mail
There are fresh concerns over Darren Fletcher’s health after it emerged that the Manchester United midfielder has still not returned to pre-season training.
Although Fletcher has missed United’s tour of America to speed up his recovery from a debilitating stomach virus that kept him out for two months last season, he was due to report back with the rest of the squad for medical testing two weeks ago. However, it is believed the 27-year-old has been told to stay away from the club’s Carrington training base amid fears he has suffered a relapse.
Fletcher experienced severe weight loss and lack of energy after playing at Liverpool in early March.
Although he was able to play in the last Premier League game at home to Blackpool, he was an unused substitute in the Champions League final defeat by Barcelona.
United prepared a fitness programme for the Scotland international while the rest of the squad travelled to the United States.
The club were hopeful Fletcher would be fit for Paul Scholes’s testimonial against New York Cosmos on August 5, or the Community Shield two days later. But there are now serious doubts over whether he will be fit to start the season.
Does anybody know what's going on here?
feel sorry for the guy. very good player and an important player for united. in my expereince these are just the kind of theings that cannot be rushed. he was never the biggest guy in the world in the first place so he'll need to work hard to put the weight and muscle mass back on. best just to take his time and get himself right.
wish him a speedy recovery
I agree with tcir - Fletch seemed to be rushed back so the manager could give him a fighting chance of making the CL final. This is one of many examples of SAF's 'sentimental' decision making to which is is occasionally prone. Having unjustly missed the last CL final I think the manager felt sorry for him and wanted to give him a chance to make up for it. I never thought Fletch would be ready to play in that game. Even if he got over the illness, it takes time to build up strength, fitness and form (the latter was lacking even before the illness to be honest).
I wish Fletch well and I think the club will quite rightly take it slow with him this time around. SAF always tries to get players fit for the business end of the season even if it means sacrificing those players early on in the season.
I'm dead curious to know what this mysterious virus is...
What I want to know is, what exactly was the problem in the first place, what sort of virus was it?
It just seems strange that a virus would keep a fit adult out of football for so long. Is that normal? I'm no doctor...