Michael Carrick out of Watford game but could return within a few weeks

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United are confident that Michael Carrick isn’t set for a lengthy lay-off and could return to action within a few weeks.

The Telegraph reports that Carrick is ruled out for Man United’s game against Watford this weekend and is also expected to miss the PSV Eindhoven game, but could return much earlier than expected after positive initial examinations at Carrington.

Carrick left the field on a stretcher during England’s friendly with Spain and was spotted on crutches after the game, leading to concerns over ankle ligament damage which could have seen him sidelined for some time but the early prognosis is good news.

Having spent plenty of time out injured over the last few years, another big injury at this stage in Carrick’s career could really have forced questions about his future in the game so hopefully there is more good news in the coming days.

United might have the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin in the squad but Carrick still remains a very influential midfielder, so it would be a real blow to have him out injured for a long period.

With such a busy fixture list, Louis van Gaal will need his whole squad over the festive period and there’s a possibility Carrick will be part of that now.

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