Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick was seen on crutches and in a protective boot, following England’s 2-0 loss to Spain.
The 34-year-old went down under a late challenge from Chelsea player Pedro and was unable to continue. Carrick was stretchered off late into the game and it now seems as if he will be unavailable for Man United for quite some time.
Having started in the centre of midfield for his country, Carrick had put in an ordinary display before being forced off.
The Englishman struggled to impose himself on the game and could not quite find his passing rhythm that United fans have become so accustomed to seeing. Carrick was slightly wasteful and was unable to unlock a firm Spanish defence, as England fell to defeat for the first time since last summer’s World Cup.
It is awful news for both club and country, seeing Carrick come off injured. There is a high possibility that he has damaged ligaments in his ankle but there is still no timeline for his return. The former Tottenham man had finally won his place back in the United side, as he started against West Bromwich Albion in the Reds last league game. However, he will now face a spell on the sidelines and will have to try and win back his place again when he is fit.
It has been an unfortunate season for Carrick, who has struggled with injuries throughout the campaign. At 34 years of age, it is not a surprise that he is unable to play every single game but, having been one of United’s most important players over the past few years, it is a shame that he hasn’t had more of a part to play this season.
United fans will be hoping their midfield maestro’s injury is not as bad as first feared and he is back on the pitch as soon as possible. However, it does seem as if Carrick could be missing for a while and the Reds will have to do without him for the near future.