Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that central-midfielder Michael Carrick has picked up a long term injury, David Ornstein from the BBC has Tweeted.
Speaking in his first press conference as manager of the Red Devils, the Dutchman has stated that the 32-year-old suffered an injury in the last couple of days during pre-season training.
As Van Gaal confirmed the news, there was no follow up question meaning that the nature of the injury initially appeared to be a mystery. However, Ornstein has recently Tweeted that the the midfielder went over on his ankle and could be out of action for around 10-weeks, but he revealed that the full extent of the injury is unclear. It now appears that Manchester United will release a club statement regarding the issue.
Carrick was in training with his Manchester United teammates over this past week, as he was left out of Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad. It appears, then, that the former Tottenham midfielder will miss the entirety of pre-season and the start of the new campaign.
In the press-conference, Van Gaal admitted that having the Englishman on the sidelines is a major blow for the club. It's not surprising that Van Gaal has recognised Carrick as a key player, with the 32-year-old having played a key role for the club in the last few years.
In 2012/13, as United won the title under Sir Alex Ferguson, Carrick was United's standout performer alongside Dutchman Robin van Persie. His form dipped last season, however, as he struggled with injury, and was offered little help in the middle of the park from his teammates.
It remains to be seen, then, as to whether Van Gaal will now step up his transfer search, following Carrick's injury. United have already secured the services of Spanish star Ander Herrera in the middle of the park, but are seemingly short of options in that department.
Van Gaal will certainly be hoping to get the best out of the likes of Tom Cleverley, Marouane Fellaini and Darren Fletcher in the 2014/15 campaign, as the Red Devils target an improvement following the disastrous era under David Moyes.
Manchester United's busy summer certainly looks set to continue, with Van Gaal having been dealt an early blow as manager of the club. The Red Devils will fly off on Friday for their season tour of the USA, and it now looks extremely likely that Carrick will stay behind and begin his recovery.