England international suffers fitness blow.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick could be out of action until October with an ankle injury.
The 32-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur star picked up the problem in training on Wednesday and he could be sidelined for up to 10 weeks, according to BBC Sport.
Louis van Gaal refused to speak about Carrick’s injury in detail during his first press conference as United manager.
However, when asked how long Carrick would be out for, the Dutchman replied: “A long time.”
Carrick made 29 Premier League appearances last season.
He made 61 tackles, 80 interceptions and 60 clearances.
Carrick completed 1,817 passes with a success rate of 88.6 per cent.
The injury could see Carrick miss United’s league games against Swansea City, Sunderland, Burnley, Queens Park Rangers, Leicester City, West Ham United and Everton.
However, he is likely to be fit in time for the home clash with Chelsea and the trip to Manchester City.