Discussion in 'Manchester United Forum' started by Maciek, Dec 13, 2011.
All I can say is good luck to him.
Get well soon Darren, we need you.
I wish him a full recovery.Football takes a back seat when it comes to stuff like this.
My sister has it, and having seen how badly it affects her i'm stunned he has managed to play football at all.
Wow, hope he makes a speedy recovery. At least there are some players left who don't only care about money, he's a good lad is Fletch.
Who in this thread has posted anything to suggest he's best gone?
Terrible for him, and us.
Hope he gets it sorted as soon as possible.
Absolutely devastating news for him and United. With time he may be able to overcome it and there will always be a place for him when he returns.
Hope he gets sorted out for the long term, its a kick in the teeth for him and the club though.
Gutted for him. Hope he makes a full recovery.
We now need to buy in January to cover for Fletcher's loss
Definitely the right move - could see that all was not right and he certainly wasn't the force of old.
Hopefully he'll come back as Scholes did after his break, with renewed energy having sorted it out totally.
Hope he can overcome this, though there's no cure, so it's something he'll always have to live with, unless he gets the operation, which wouldn't be the nicest of things to get.
I genuinely don't think we'll see him in a United shirt again, Ulcerative Colitis is a debilitating illness.
Health is more important than anything, so best wishes to him.
Twigg does go well over the top but he's got a point - there's a number of threads discussing our midfield issues, it can't be that hard to leave that side of things out of this thread, can it?
Despite suffering from this injury, he still played to his full extent whilst playing for us and Scotland. Fletch really is fantastic pro.
Explains his drop in form in recent seasons. Hard luck, hope to see him put on the jersey again.
Bugger. I just read the Wiki page on this illness - not good. Get well soon Fletch.
explains a lot.
hope he gets to play again for us
Gutted for the lad. The club can recover but not sure if the player will. What a kick in the balls for a professional footballer at one of the best clubs in the world entering the prime years of his career.
Cruel, isn't it? Had overcome all the doubters to become the first name SAF put in CM. Seems a long time ago that he was last in his best form...
It's not hard, but I don't see why you should leave that bit out. It's not as though he's died, it's not a tragedy, he's just taking a break from football for a bit due to an unpleasant illness, and that effects our midfield options. Perhaps other threads would be slightly more appropriate, but no-one should be castigated for discussing how it effects the team, and how to best minimise those effects here. It's relevant.
Having seen first hand the affect it has on someone it's truly awful. I know remission spells can come around, but watching my sister constantly in pain and fatigued i just don't see how Fletch could play for us on any kind of regular basis.
Gutted for him.
Get well soon! It just goes to show you never know whats going on behind closed doors. Hope he remains positive about things and treats it like another big game.
I can't believe people (United fan no less) can be so insensitive. When it comes to health, the first and foremost concern is whether he, as a human being as well as a United player, is able to make a speedy and full recovery.
Why can't people be more considerate and just wishing him the best medical attention and full recovery soonest, which is way more important than whether he's able to be playing to his best for the team in the future!
Heard rumblings about this a few weeks back. Keep the faith Darren.
Still, at least the midfield is fine.
In fairness, I imagine one of Fletchers own concerns is whether he'll be able to play to his full ability too, that's the nature of being a professional sportsman.
Totally gutted for Fletcher... hope he takes, and the club gives him, as long as he needs before he makes a return to football.
What worries me is how much bulk he lost, having presumably worked so hard to get in that shape in the first place. Will be very hard to get that back if he's taking a break. Let's be honest, he's looked a shadow of his best form and now faces a real battle to ever get it back.
I wonder if the 'extended break' is a sign he's elected to have the surgery option and write this season off, coming back next year?
Anyone suffer from this or knows someone who does? It seems to me its something you manage and live with.
What caused this? His previous weight loss / infection?
Awful news. Very best of luck to Darren.
A nice response from RAWK, well done to their posters:
Reading wikipedia surgery involves removing the large intestines and he'; be using a colostomy bag for the rest of his life.
It just seems a bit callous, as if our midfield issues are more important than the health of someone who's given his all and has a genuine affection for the club. It's our way of showing respect for Fletch - whether that's acknowledged by him is irrelevant, surely?
'It's not as though he died' seems even more callous, really. Someone a couple of posts above you has the illness and has said himself how hard it'd be to have something like that essentially turn your life upside down, completely out of nowhere, and there's a few in this thread who have friends or family who contracted the illness and talk about how hard it is for them to get out of bed never mind do the kind put themselves through the intense physical exertion top athletes go through, and there's a concern that he might never come back to the same level as before and it may signal the end of his career at the age of just 27...so yeah, just a little inconsiderate IMO.
The surgery option would involve having part of the bowel removed, and a colostomy bag put in place. Would that be possible for a professional footballer to play again after that? I'm not sure.
The weight loss can be drastic, i'd almost guess he'll be on steroids now to boost his system, i think that is one of the main courses of treatment, so i guess he'd have to be away from football for steroid treatment (drug testing etc).
There is another course of treatment, my sister got it, that if i'm right is similar to the treatment of bowel cancer, whether this is an option i don't know, but i know it helped my sister a lot, but the treatment made her very ill initially.
I suppose any of those options is viable.
Awful for him though.
Gutted for him
I think it's congenital.
The weight loss is a symptom rather than a cause. Tony Evans tweeted that he apparently looked very thin when seen on the bench last week. I've been worried about that since he came back.
Presumably it affects how much you're able to eat... Poor guy.
What can I say? This kind of sentiment is uncalled for and seriously very very insensitive of you! What's wrong with pages and pages of well wishes from true United fans wishing him well and best of luck with speedy recovery?!! You can be concerned with our midfield, granted, but you cannot accused of people feeling disgusted how you reacted to the news of a United player who has serious health issue. Shame on you!
My sister has it, it's not great.
His weight loss could have been a symptom of it, rather than the cause. The illness causes frequency of defecation, for want of a better description. Not nice to see a family member suffer from it, my heart goes out to them. He'll be in lots of pain, frequently.
Best of luck to him.
Good to know. I thought maybe partial removal would get mean you could get away without needing the bag maybe... I guess not though.
Crohns is really bad. Hope he makes a full recovery and gets back to playing again.
Get well soon Fletch!
Inconsiderate of who? A man who's never going to read this?
If you want to show respect by saying 'I hope he's OK' then that's entirely up to you, I'm not trying to argue that you shouldn't do that, but to insist that others don't talk about the footballing impact, especially when his actions on the pitch are pretty much the only reason anyone here knows who he is, let alone cares if he gets an illness, is out of order.
I agree that it must be terrible for him, but this is a Manchester United forum, it's perfectly normal to discuss the impact of the injury on Manchester United.
I sincerely hope that when you yourself have serious disease (not dead, mind), your employer or their stake holders' first thought was to wish you well again, and not going on and on about how they are going to replace you, at least showing you a little bit of sympathy. But I am in no way wishing disease upon you, but am just giving an illustration how you might want to be treated by your own fans if you were Fletch!
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