Just as reigning Premier Lague and European champions Manchester United are on the verge of starting their Champions League campaign, they have been rocked by the news that influential midfielder Michael Carrick shall be out of action for the next six weeks at least.
Carrick injured himself during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield and it has now been revealed that the England international midfielder has broken a bone in his foot. He is now expected to be sidelined for the next six weeks.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said about this injury blow: “It’s not turned out well for us. He has a small crack in his foot which was diagnosed on Sunday afternoon. It isn’t good news.”
Carrick’s place in the team will now be taken by former Bayern Munich star Owen Hargreaves, although he too seems to suffer from injury more frequently that he would like. United have already started the Premier League season in stuttering fashion and have fallen behind their rivals. Carrick’s blow could be a problem for them as they look to kickstart their campaign both in the Premier League and in Europe.