Manchester United and England midfielder Michael Carrick reportedly faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an achilles injury.
In what is undoubtedly a big blow for Roy Hodgson with friendlies against Chile and Germany looming large, the United midfielder admitted that he had been nursing the injury for a few weeks before managing to play the full 90 minutes in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over league leaders Arsenal.
“I have been carrying the injury for a few weeks now," he was quoted by Sky Sports.
"I was a bit patched up to play today. I got through it but it doesn’t look too good.”
Red Devils manager David Moyes will also be ruing the loss of his iconic midfielder as he looks set to be without Carrick for crucial European ties against Shakhtar Donetsk and Bayer Leverkusen as they bid to qualify for the knockout round of this season’s Champions League.
Carrick will also sit out crunch Premier League encounters against Tottenham Hotspur and Moyes’ former club, Everton. United have seemingly hit a run of form of late, which culminated in the much-needed win over Arsenal that dragged them to within five points of the league’s summit.
The Old Trafford faithful will therefore be hoping that this injury to their most consistent midfield option will not derail their charge up the Premier League table.
One positive for Moyes is that it will give him an opportunity to grant his former charge at Goodison Park - Marouane Fellaini - an extended run in the starting XI.
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