Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that midfield ace Michael Carrick will be out of action for around four weeks.
Speaking to MUTV ahead of tomorrow's Premier League clash with Leicester City, the Dutch boss has admitted that the England international will now spend a lengthy spell out on the sidelines after being hit with a muscle rupture.
This will come as a major blow for the Red Devils, with Carrick having proved to be an integral figure in the heart of United's midfield in recent months.
The 33-year-old, of course, missed the early stages of the season after going over on his ankle in pre-season. Ultimately, Carrick damaged ligaments in his left ankle, which disrupted Van Gaal's early plans at the Theatre of Dreams.
And, there's no doubt about it, the Red Devils boss will be extremely disappointed with this latest setback.
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In truth, United have endured a nightmare on the injury scene throughout the course of the season so far, with so many of their players having been struck down with injury.
As well as Carrick, midfielders Daley Blind, Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera have all failed to maintain their fitness throughout the course of the campaign.
However, with the trio all currently fit, the United boss will be hoping that his summer signings step up without Carrick around.
The Red Devils also have in-form Marouane Fellaini at their disposal and the Belgian could be set for a starting role as the Red Devils go in search of claiming three points against strugglers Leicester tomorrow.
Manchester United will be desperate to take revenge on Nigel Pearson's side after being on the wrong end of a 5-3 scoreline earlier on this season. And they need the three points, too, with rivals Arsenal just one point behind them in the race to secure Champions League qualification for next season.
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