Michael Carrick will be sidelined from ten to 12 weeks after undergoing surgery on his ankle to repair some ligament damage, the club has confirmed.
Speaking at his first press conference as Manchester United manager, Van Gaal revealed the news but didn’t give any time for journalists to question him about the severity of the injury but the club has now confirmed the extent of his injury.
Carrick, 32, spent a lot of time on the sidelines last season and an injury in pre-season training is the worst possible start.
Following his exclusion from the World Cup squad, Carrick’s fitness was always going to be below what it normally was and this injury won’t help his cause in the slightest.
The earliest Carrick will return is the end of September and for United, the midfield looked weak before but Carrick’s absence from the squad means it is looking dangerously thin in numbers.
Van Gaal may be keen to give his squad three to four weeks to impress him but with such a weak midfield, he’ll have to ensure at least one midfield signing is made prior to the transfer window closing.