England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick suffered an ankle injury in their friendly loss to Spain.
Carrick was stretchered off late into the second half after falling under a late challenge and was pictured leaving the stadium on crutches and in a protective boot. It was a bitter blow for the 34-year-old, who is still hoping to be part of England’s squad at the European Championships next summer.
Carrick’s injury is also awful news for Man United, who will need all their players fit and firing going into the busy Christmas period. The midfielder has struggled with injuries this season and his latest knock could be the most frustrating, given the timing and the nature of the injury, which his manager confirmed.
“Michael has got a severely twisted ankle which normally means ligament damage,” Hodgson said after England’s game against Spain.
“We won’t know that of course until he’s had an X-ray or a scan, but it doesn’t look good.”
Ankle ligament damage could see Carrick out of action for up to two months, dependent on the severity of the injury. Having just worked his way back to full fitness and into the United side, the former Tottenham man will be extremely disappointed to be unavailable again.
With long term injuries to the likes of Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia already, another player on the treatment table is the last thing United needed. However, they will have to prove their strength in depth over the coming weeks and Carrick will be hoping the Reds are in a title race by the time he returns.