Man Utd vice-captain out of action for four weeks.
Michael Carrick has been ruled out of action for four weeks after rupturing a muscle. Louis van Gaal confirmed the injury in his pre-match press conference and it has been suggested that the player picked up the injury on the training ground.
The news of Carrick’s absence is a huge blow to Van Gaal who had lost his vice-captain for four months at the start of the season due to an ankle injury. This new injury means that the England international will miss the Premier League matches against Leicester City, West Ham United, Burnley, Swansea City and Sunderland, as well as the FA Cup fourth-round replay against Cambridge United and any fifth-round tie.
“We don’t have many injuries,” Van Gaal said.
“Ashley Young is coming back, only now Michael Carrick has been injured. So he is out at the weekend. I think it shall take more than four weeks, so it is not a minor injury but a muscle rupture, I think.
“He is also the second captain but I have to say that’s part of the job of a manager, especially this season at Manchester United, because we have suffered a lot of injuries.
“But now we have seen the light at the end of the tunnel. Of course, Michael Carrick can be important for the team but he is now injured, so he cannot be.”
Daley Blind who has started every game for United when fit will take Carrick’s place in central midfield with Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera also available to Van Gaal.
Written by Jash Mehta [@the_manutd_blog]