Manchester United holding midfielder had been out since the league’s first game before returning to face Liverpool on Saturday. Minutes into that match, Carrick reinjured his ankle after sliding into a challenge. He finished the first half limping before being substituted out, but now it looks like the England international will miss more than just Saturday’s second half.
Today United announced that Carrick had broken a bone in his foot. The injury was discovered after Carrick was unable to train again today in preparation for tomorrow’s Champions League match against Villareal. X-rays identified the problem, which will take four to six weeks to heal.
The loss of Carrick, who played in each of Manchester United’s Champions League matches last season, makes Paul Scholes and Anderson the choice central midfielders for Ferguson, though the recovery Owen Hargreaves and team leading scorer Darren Fletcher are each likely to factor into Ferguson’s decisions.