Michael Carrick has withdrawn from England international duty after suffering a groin injury but hopes to return as soon as possible.
The 33-year-old has only just returned to fitness after three months on the sidelines and this is the cruellest of blows in his battle for full match fitness.
Carrick confirmed he will miss both of England’s games this week but emphasised to Manchester United fans that he hoped it wouldn’t rule him out of the tie against Arsenal this weekend.
With a defensive crisis in full swing, Carrick was drafted in as a temporary centre-back and if he was injured for Arsenal at the weekend, Blind would have to play there once again and United would be left without a midfield anchor who suited the role.
2 steps forward 1 step back Gutted to miss the next 2 @england games, hopefully no more than that though. Missed too much already!!
— Michael Carrick (@carras16) November 12, 2014
By this stage, United fans almost have to laugh at the constant barrage of injuries that is happening to the players. If it isn’t Phil Jones or Radamel Falcao getting injured in training, it is Carrick away on international duty.
United are swimming upstream at the moment against the current of an injury curse and if Carrick is indeed absent for the game on Sunday, it will force Van Gaal to have yet another reshuffle.