Van Gaal delivers latest Man United injury update ahead of Leicester clash
Louis van Gaal says Michael Carrick is set to be sidelined for around four weeks due to a ruptured muscle
Louis van Gaal has revealed that Michael Carrick is set for a spell on the sidelines ahead of the visit of Leicester City.
The 33-year-old Red Devils midfielder is set to be out-of-action with a muscle rupture for at least four weeks.
However, Van Gaal confirmed England international Ashley Young is close to a return from a hamstring problem.
Speaking to MUTV ahead of Saturday’s clash against the Foxes at Old Trafford, the United manager gave an update on the injuries in his Red Devils squad.
Louis van Gaal tells #MUTV that Michael Carrick will miss around 4 weeks with a muscle rupture but Ashley Young is closer to full fitness.
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Van Gaal added during his pre-match media conference: “I think it shall take more than four weeks, so it is not a minor injury but a muscle rupture, I think.
“He is also the second captain but I have to say that’s part of the job of a manager, especially this season at Manchester United, because we have suffered a lot of injuries. But now we have seen [the light at] the end of the tunnel.”
Carrick has been ever-present in Van Gaal’s side following the former Tottenham Hotspur star’s return from an ankle injury.
The long-serving United midfielder has racked up 1,033 minutes of Premier League action under the Dutchman this season.
Young, meanwhile, has played 31 more top-flight minutes than his United team-mate Carrick as he thrived in a wing-back role before his setback.
The 29-year-old winger has made one assist in 12 Premier League appearances this term.