Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that midfielder Michael Carrick will not play again this season because of a calf injury.
The 33-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur playmaker damaged his calf in last month’s 4-2 win over local rivals Manchester City.
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Carrick has since missed the defeats to Chelsea, Everton and West Bromwich Albion.
Van Gaal had hoped that Carrick would be back in action soon, but the England international’s recovery is taking longer than expected.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s game at Crystal Palace, Van Gaal told reporters: “Carrick is not available and it was more heavy than we thought.
“We tried everything but now we have to think about next season. He shall not play anymore this season, it’s better now to focus for him on next season and being fit to start.”