Michael Carrick Injury: Updates on Manchester United Star's Thigh, Return Date

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22:  Michael Carrick of Manchester United celebrates victory and winning the Premier League title after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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There were plenty of question marks surrounding the status of Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick heading into the Red Devils' EPL clash with Fulham on Saturday.

It turns out that he was not fit enough to be included on the team's roster for the match, according to Manchester United's Twitter account.

MUFC XI vs @FulhamFC: De Gea; Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Jones, Cleverley, Janzuaj; Rooney, van Persie. #mufc

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 2, 2013

#mufc subs vs @FulhamFC: Lindegaard, Smalling, Fellaini, Kagawa, Nani, Young, Hernandez.

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 2, 2013

Not only has Carrick been left out of the squad's starting lineup for the first time this season, but he won't be available as a substitute either.

According to Adam Marshall of ManUtd.com, it was unclear if Carrick would be able to play on Saturday after he missed the team's Capital One Cup match against Norwich City earlier in the week. Manager David Moyes didn't believe Carrick's injury was significant, but it was apparently enough to keep him on the shelf.

"Michael's got a bit of a problem with his calf and Achilles," Moyes revealed to MUTV's Countdown to Kick-off. "But we don't think he is too bad."

It remains to be seen how long the 32-year-old veteran will be out of action, but he is going to miss a particularly important match on Saturday.

Manchester United have really struggled in the early going as they sit a disappointing eighth in the EPL standings with 14 points. United trail league-leading Arsenal by eight points and they need to start winning with more regularity to get back in the hunt.

There is a lot of season left to be played, but the Red Devils are unquestionably on pace for one of the most disappointing seasons in recent memory.

Carrick isn't much of a scorer—he has netted just 21 goals in 333 career appearances for Manchester United—but he brings great deal of experience to the lineup, as well as some playmaking and defensive acumen.

All of that will be missed greatly when United play Fulham, but United fans are hopeful that his absence won't last much longer, although that has yet to be determined.


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