A breakdown of Fletcher's career to date
Last Updated: 13/12/11 5:16pm
Darren Fletcher: To take an extended break from the game due to health reasons
Skysports.com takes a look at Darren Fletcher's career to date after being given an extended break from the game.
The Red Devils stalwart, who has been at Old Trafford over 10 years, will not be featuring for the club again anytime soon due to health reasons.
1984: Born February 1 in Dalkeith, Scotland.
2000: Begins traineeship at Manchester United.
2001: February - signs first professional contract with United.
2003: March 12 - Makes United debut in 1-1 draw against Swiss side FC Basle in the Champions League.
August 20 - Makes Scotland debut as a substitute in the goalless friendly against Norway.
October 11 - Scores first Scotland goal in 1-0 Euro 2004 qualifier win over Lithuania, securing a play-off berth. The Scots later lose the play-off 6-1 on aggregate to Holland.
2004: May 22 - Starts as United beat Millwall 3-0 in the FA Cup final at the Millennium Stadium.
May 26 - Captains Scotland to a 1-0 win against Estonia in Tallinn, at the age of 20, becoming Scotland's youngest captain for 118 years.
2005: January 1 - Scores first goal of his United career in 2-0 league victory at Middlesbrough.
November 6 - Fletcher's headed goal proves enough for United to end Chelsea's 40-match unbeaten league record, and comes in the wake of criticism aimed at the midfielder by Roy Keane in an interview which was never aired by MUTV.
2006: February 26 - Misses out on United matchday squad for League Cup final against Wigan. United win 4-0.
2007: May 6 - Wins first Premier League title with United, having made 40 appearances over the course of the season.
2008: October 3 - Signs a three-year extension to his contract with United, keeping him at the club until 2012.
October 7 - Named Scotland captain for the World Cup qualifier against Norway in the absence of Barry Ferguson and Stephen McManus.
2009: May 5 - Ruled out of the Champions League final after being sent off against Arsenal in the semi-final.
May 11 - Sees an appeal against the card dismissed by UEFA.
2011: March 6 - Plays against Liverpool after which he is ruled out with what the club describe as a virus which caused severe weight loss.
August 15 - Returns in a reserve match against Arsenal, after missing United's pre-season tour of the United States to work on his fitness.
October 5 - Announces he is ruled out of Scotland's Euro 2012 qualifier against Liechtenstein with tonsillitis.
October 7 - Makes late dash to Caduz and the following night plays in the 1-0 victory.
December 13 - Takes an extended break from football after being revealing he has been suffering from ulcerative colitis.