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Manchester United's Darren Fletcher expects to miss opening season kick-off

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher says he is likely miss the opening of the new Premier League season as he continues his rehabilitation from a bowel operation.

The 29-year-old has been battling ulcerative colitis for the past five years and underwent surgery in January.

Asked on BBC Radio Five when he would be back in action, Fletcher replied: "Hopefully, not too long after the start of the season."

"Surgery was the only solution," Fletcher said before adding, "Everything is going to plan so far and I am not that far away now."

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