Michael Carrick has been ‘moving comfortably’ around Carrington since returning to training this week and Manchester Evening News reports that he is expected to return to action sooner than first anticipated.
The 34-year-old was stretchered off during the international break and initial fears were that he suffered ankle ligament damage which could have kept him out for six weeks.
However, the early signs indicate Carrick’s injury isn’t as bad as first feared which would certainly be good news for Manchester United.
With such a busy Christmas fixture list nearly upon us which will see Man United play seven times in December, losing Carrick for the whole period would have strained our squad in depth in midfield and he’s still one of our most influential players, even if he is 34.
When it comes to injuries, Louis van Gaal isn’t one to take any risks so I’d be very surprised to see Carrick against Watford this weekend but if he’s already moving comfortably in training, then it can only be a positive thing.
Van Gaal is likely to be asked about Carrick’s situation in his pre-match press conference on Friday, so we’ll bring you an update on his fitness if there is one.