St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas believes Manchester United and Scotland midfield man Darren Fletcher has the character and ability to bounce back from the bowel condition which has brought his season to a premature end.
Steve is a big fan of the former Scotland skipper and knows exactly what the box to box midfield man is going through.
The Saints boss lost three years of his career to serious injuries but showed character to battle back. And he believes Fletcher has that same mental strength.
“I last saw Darren about eight months ago at Edinburgh airport and we had a chat.
“He’s a winner with character in abundance, a player and a person who impresses me,” said Steve.
At the age of only 15, Steve sustained an injury which put his football career in jeopardy.
He recalled: “I broke my right ankle very badly. I had pins and screws inserted in it and, thankfully, my playing career remained intact.
“However, aged 21, I broke my left leg. Both these injuries happened when I was a Manchester City player and, after my transfer to West Ham, I did my posterior cruciate ligament.
“After another long spell out, and in only my second match back, I broke a toe and that was me out for three further months.
“I then underwent ankle surgery so, all in all, I know a fair bit about being on the sidelines due to health reasons.
“Two-three years ago, the name of Darren Fletcher would have been the first on the teamsheet at United.
“He is a very talented player and I hope we see his talent for a long time to come.”