Michael Carrick has been withdrawn with injury from England’s squad to face France on Tuesday and has returned to Manchester United.
The 34-year-old had to be stretchered off in the latter stages of England’s game against Spain on Friday night and there are major concerns over whether he may have sustained ligament damage.
If Carrick has a serious injury like that, it’s more than likely he’ll be out of action until at least 2016 for Man United which would be a real blow for Louis van Gaal.
The saving grace for United is that central midfield is now the strongest element of our squad. Without Carrick, we’ve still got the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ander Herrera who are all excellent midfielders in their own right, but it would take away a very important player from our side.
Carrick’s importance has somewhat lessened since the arrival of Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger because we are not reliant on him any more but to not have him available again due to another long-term injury will make it difficult, especially with the busy Christmas fixture list coming up.
We’ll know more about Carrick’s injury situation later in the week when van Gaal will be asked about in his pre-match press conference ahead of Watford at the weekend.