Manchester United have been hit by yet another blow in a season of unfortunate events as it was revealed today that midfield centre-piece Michael Carrick is likely to miss up to a month’s worth of action, having suffered an ankle injury in the Capital One Cup loss to Sunderland.
The Independent reports that the England midfielder, who has been one of the most consistent performers for David Moyes this term, has had further tests on the injury which confirm that his layoff could be as long as four weeks as opposed to the two initially expected.
The 32-year-old is now more than likely going to miss the crucial Premier League fixture with Arsenal on February 12, as well as being a heavy doubt for the all-important first-leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash with Olympiakos.
United have already endured their fair share of injury woes this campaign with star duo Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie having been sidelined for a number of important fixtures.
One silver lining of the seemingly ever-present cloud which has hung over Old Trafford this season is the expected signing of £37million man Juan Mata from Chelsea.
The Spaniard’s imminent arrival will alleviate some of the pressure on the United squad and will certainly dampen the blow felt by Carrick’s ankle complaint.