Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has been ruled out until October with an ankle injury.
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New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been dealt an early blow, with the news that experienced central midfielder Michael Carrick will miss the first two months of the season with an ankle injury.
BREAKING: Michael Carrick has had surgery this morning on his left ankle ligaments and will be out for 10-12 weeks. #mufc
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 17, 2014
The 32 year-old has been a key part of the Old Trafford set-up for a number of years and his absence is likely to be keenly felt, despite the club having already strengthened their midfield with the signing of Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao.
The BBC report suggests that the former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United star is facing an absence of around ten weeks, which would rule him out of the majority of the opening two months of the new season.
Van Gaal did not divulge any specifics relating to the injury when he faced the press for the first time as the United boss, other than to confirm that Carrick would be out action for “a long time”.
His absence may hand a new opportunity to the likes of Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley in the centre of the United midfield, or even the much-maligned Marouane Fellaini, but there has been plenty of speculation that the Dutchman is keen to add another central player to his ranks this summer, despite the proposed move of Arturo Vidal from Juventus seemingly having hit the buffers.