Manchester United are looking to extend veteran midfielder Michael Carrick’s contract, despite his ankle injury, Express reports.
The former Tottenham Hotspur star sustained ligament damage to his ankle back in July, which has seen him yet to feature for manager Louis van Gaal in a competitive fixture.
Carrick is however back in training, and could make his return after the international break next week.
Van Gaal sees the 33-year-old as an important asset to the club and with his contract expiring next summer, is hoping the United hierarchy can complete a deal to keep Carrick at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman said: “[Carrick] is, of course, injured but he is coming back from a heavy injury and he has trained the last two days on a lower level with the second team.
“So that is [designed] to make the step easier for him to come back to play in a match because a player who is coming back from a heavy injury also has a little bit of fear to play with resistance.
“So that is why we let him train with the second team for the last two days. I think, after the international break, he can maybe play some minutes but we have to wait and see. He is doing well, better than we had expected.”
Carrick has played 359 games for Manchester United, scoring 22 goals.