Roy Hodgson delivers injury update on Man United midfielder

England boss Roy Hodgson says Michael Carrick's calf injury is not that serious

Roy Hodgson has moved to play down concerns about Michael Carrick’s fitness after the midfielder was ruled out of England’s clash with Switzerland due to a calf injury.

The veteran midfielder has been sent back to Manchester United after suffering the problem while on international duty with the Three Lions in the build-up to Tuesday’s Euro 2016 qualifier.

Hodgson confirmed that the England medical team have opted to withdraw Carrick as a “precaution” but it remains unclear exactly how long the 34-year-old will be out of action for.

Speaking at an England news conference on Monday, Hodgson said: “It’s a calf injury – not that serious,.

“It came out of nowhere in the warm-up in San Marino. Out of precaution, we didn’t push it. He had a preliminary scan here with our doctors. They decided there’s something there.”

Carrick has been a regular fixture in Louis van Gaal’s first-team so far this season, with the midfielder having featured in all four of the Red Devils’ Premier League games.

United return to Premier League action when they take on Liverpool at Old Trafford after the international break on Saturday evening.

The Red Devils are currently fifth in the table after suffering a 2-1 loss to Swansea City in their most recent top-flight outing.

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