Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has dismissed suggestions that he could retire from football, as he continues to battle back from debilitating illness.
The Scottish international has not featured for United since December, after being diagnosed with a chronic bowel condition.
While there is a possibility that the 28 year-old may never fully return to fitness, suggestions had been made that he was considering forced retirement.
However, Fletcher has hit back at such suggestions, insisting that while he is uncertain when he will be able to make a return for Manchester United, he will give himself every opportunity.
As reported by the Daily Star, he said: “That’s not really an option, I just want to keep playing.
“I know one day I will be back – I’m only 28 and want to give myself every opportunity.
“I’ve not started training yet, but I’m listening to the doctors and just taking my time.
“At the moment I feel like I’m capable of coming back.”
Fletcher had established himself as one of Manchester United’s top performers and became one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s ‘big-game players’ due to his ability to perform on the big occassions.
However, following a bout of mystery illness, Fletcher was diagnosed with the bowel condition and was forced out of action for the rest of the campaign.