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Football: I'm lucky to still be playing, says Man United's Fletcher

Published on Feb 6, 2014 7:36 AM

MANCHESTER, England (REUTERS) - Darren Fletcher is lucky to be playing after chronic bowel disease threatened to end his career, the Manchester United midfielder said on Wednesday.

Fletcher was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2011 and underwent surgery in January 2013 after the condition restricted him to just 20 club appearances in two seasons.

"You can be running to the toilet 10, 20, 30 times a day and losing a lot of blood," the Scotland midfielder told the BBC.

"I ended up in hospital a couple of times on an IV drip. Surgery enabled me to be here today. I'm very fortunate." The 30-year-old added: "The surgery was a success, I'm better now - I'm living a normal life and back playing football.

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