Friday 30 January 2015

Carrick out for up to four weeks but Young nearing return.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal delivered mixed news on the injury front ahead of Saturday's game against Leicester.

The Reds boss had good news and bad news as he faced the media ahead of Saturday's home game with Leicester.
The good news is that Ashley Young is nearing full fitness but the bad news is that influential midfield playmaker Michael Carrick will be ruled out for up to a month.

The 33-year-old has picked up his third different injury of the season, a ruptured muscle, and will be out until late February.

The Reds vice-captain suffered ankle ligament damage in July that ruled him out until November, then picked up a minor groin shortly after his comeback.
As well as the game against Leicester, Carrick will miss the matches against Cambridge in the FA Cup, the trip to West Ham on the 8th Feb, the home game with Burnley three days later and, probably, the league matches against Swansea and Sunderland at the end of next month. 

Carrick has been one of United's most important players this term and this latest injury setback is a blow as the Reds look to seal a return to the Champions League.

United manager  Louis van Gaal said
“Ashley Young is coming back, only now unfortunately Michael Carrick has been injured so he is out of the weekend.
“I think it shall take more than four weeks, so it is not a minor injury but a muscle rupture, I think.
“He is also the second captain but I have to say that's part of the job of a manager, especially at Manchester United this season because we have suffered a lot of injuries.
“But now we have seen the light at the end of the tunnel, of course Michael Carrick can be important for the team but he is now injured, so he cannot be.”

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