Michael Carrick has insisted that he will come back stronger than ever after it was officially confirmed that he will be out for four to six weeks with an Achilles problem.
The 32-year-old has been Manchester United’s most reliable midfielder for a long time and is one of the first names on the team sheet, so to have him out for the busiest period of the year so far is going to be a massive blow given how weak the midfield may be in his absence.
Speaking on his official Twitter account, Carrick said: “A few weeks out for me, Hate missing games! Not used to this injury business, Heal quick n come back stronger!!”
If Carrick is out for the full six weeks, the earliest he would be able to return is for United’s Boxing Day clash with Hull City and he would miss nine games.
24 Nov Cardiff City
27 Nov Bayer Leverkusen
01 Dec Tottenham Hotspur
04 Dec Everton
07 Dec Newcastle United
10 Dec Shakhtar Donetsk
15 Dec Aston Villa
18 Dec Stoke City
21 Dec West Ham United
26 Dec Hull City
Even having Carrick out for the minimum four weeks is a huge blow as he will miss a trip to Tottenham plus United’s last two Champions League qualifiers against Bayer Leverkusen and Shakhtar Donetsk, so there is real pressure on our other midfielders to fill the void left behind by Carrick.