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Man United Star Michael Carrick Set For Injury Return In Closed Door Friendly This Week

England midfielder well on the comeback trail.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick could be set to make his long awaited return from injury this week as the club look to arrange a behind-the-scenes friendly to help him along, the Daily Mail reports.

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The 33-year-old has been out since July with damaged ankle ligaments and has been working with United’s physios in the hope of making the squad to face West Bromwich Albion next Monday.

He has stepped up his rehabilitation alongside Phil Jones, sporadically joining up with the first team for some of their weights and exercise training.

Carrick is seen as a key player by Van Gaal, and was even in the running to be club captain before his injury ruled him out.

The former Tottenham star had signed a new one-year contract last year, with an option of a further year at the end of that deal should he earn it.

Van Gaal believes his style of play means he can operate as the holding midfielder or at centre half where his passing ability will help United build from the back.

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