Michael Carrick has taken part in his first light training session following surgery on a niggling achilles injury, reports the Daily Mail.
The Manchester United midfielder underwent a minor procedure to fix a troublesome achilles injury following the game against Arsenal.
Carrick is expected to be out for up to five weeks whilst he recovers from the injury but the Old Trafford club have been boosted after he returned to training earlier than expected this week.
David Moyes will be delighted with the news that Carrick is ahead of schedule as the midfielder has continued the fine form that saw him nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award last season.
This is the second piece of good news for fans of Carrick this week, as the same paper is reporting that he has agreed, in principle, a two year contract extension to stay at Old Trafford.
His current deal expires at the end of the current season and concerns were that Carrick may be tempted away from Old Trafford.
The £3.5m-a-year deal will expire when Carrick is 34 and may well see him spend the rest of his career with the Premier League champions.
Speaking to reporters last month, Carrick said: "I'd love to carry on playing as long as possible at this club.
"It's a fantastic club and I've had great times here. I feel good at the moment. I've just turned 32, so I've got a bit of time yet."
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