Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail reports:
Manchester United face an anxious wait over the fitness of key man Michael Carrick amid fears ankle ligament damage could rule him out for three weeks.
As manager David Moyes dealt with the fall-out from Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup semi-final exit at the hands of Sunderland, he arrived at the club’s Carrington training base yesterday morning to be told that Carrick’s ankle was still badly swollen.
That means the England midfielder has not yet been scanned and there are genuine concerns that he could miss forthcoming Barclays Premier League games against Cardiff, Stoke, Fulham, Arsenal and Crystal Palace.
Phil McNulty of the BBC reports that Carrick helped to get United back into the tie, but had to depart proceedings shortly after the start of extra time and Phil Jones replaced him.
Carrick off injured after turning his ankle. Phil Jones on.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) January 22, 2014
It's unclear at this stage just how long the influential Geordie could be out of action, but it's another headache that David Moyes could do without—both Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie were still unavailable for Wednesday night's game.
On a brighter note, Jason Burt and Mark Ogden the Daily Telegraph are reporting that Chelsea have accepted United's £37 million bid for Juan Mata. However, Moyes would have preferred to place the Spaniard alongside midfield anchor Carrick.
The player had only just returned from an Achilles problem and this will be a bitter pill for the Old Trafford boss to swallow.