In Louis van Gaal’s first press conference, the new Manchester United manager revealed that Michael Carrick suffered an injury that could rule him out for up to 10 weeks, Daily Mail reports.
The 32-year-old midfielder underwent immediate surgery after damaging a bone in his ankle during a training session with the extent of the blow being confirmed by the club’s boss.
Van Gaal said: “Michael Carrick – he is injured in the last day or the day before. So that is, in my opinion, a big blow because he is an experienced player.
“Always it’s very important we have experienced players, but not only in age, not only in football experience, but also experience as a human being.”
An official statement released by United said: “Michael Carrick has had surgery on a left ankle ligament injury this morning. He will be out for 10-12 weeks”
Apart from the news on Carrick’s injury, the 62-year-old also was full of praise for his new side and is looking forward to management.
“I will do my best and that’s what I can give. I cannot give predictions because you never know. It’s the biggest club of the world, which I know already after two days,”
“I have to adapt to this club. It shall not be easy, but I will do my utmost best. When you see my career, you can see what I have won and that is what I can say. The future shall show if I can do that again.”