Manchester United star Darren Fletcher is turning to hypnotherapy in a bid to make a safe return to professional football.
The Scottish international has admitted that he will be unable to play again this season after developing a rare inflammatory condition in his bowels called ulcerative colitis.
However, the combative midfielder claimed that a variety of treatments including hypnotherapy will allow him to start playing football again by the start of next season.
He told The Mail Online: "It's something that will never leave me, but have to find somehow a way to manage it so that I can still play my football. I'm trying everything under the sun at the moment - diet, hypnotherapy."
Medical experts believe hypnotherapy can ease the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease by helping to relieve stress and anxiety, which has been proven to have a negative impact on such disorders.
As well as improving his psychological state, Fletcher will hope that a hypnotherapy course helps improve his physical recovery from the condition.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Fletcher started to experience problems in March but was initially diagnosed by Manchester United doctors as having a virus.
The 28-year-old recently announced he would be taking an extended break from football in order to fully recover from the condition.