Manchester United Get Michael Carrick Fitness Boost

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It was feared that Carrick would be out for up to 12 weeks.

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Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has been given a huge boost with the news that Michael Carrick has begun his rehabilitation and could be back in the United first team ahead of schedule, the Daily Star reports.

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The midfielder had ankle surgery earlier in the summer and it was suggested that the England international would miss up to 12 weeks while he recovered.

At his first press conference as United boss, Van Gaal said: “Michael Carrick – he is injured in the last day or the day before. So that is, in my opinion, a big blow because he is an experienced player.

“Always it’s very important we have experienced players, but not only in age, not only in football experience, but also experience as a human being.”

However, now that he has began his rehabilitation, Carrick maybe back in the United first team sooner rather than later, giving the Dutchman another midfielder to pick from.

The Red Devils are short of midfielders at the moment with the likes of Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini on the sidelines along with Carrick.

Reports during the summer suggested United wanted to sign Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal however, it is believed that Van Gaal didn’t pursue the Chilean because of doubts over his fitness.

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