By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Manchester United fear Michael Carrick will miss at least three months with the ankle injury he sustained on England duty, Football Insider sources understand.
The midfielder was carried off on a stretcher in the final minute of England’s 2-0 defeat to Spain last night after twisting his right ankle.
The initial diagnosis from England’s medical staff is that Carrick has suffered severe ligament damage and is facing at least three months on the sidelines, and possibly far longer.
The 34-year-old will undergo a scan on his right ankle today to determine the extent of the damage but United have been warned that he is facing another long injury lay-off.
Carrick will fly back to England today and will not play against France on Tuesday – should the match go ahead following the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.
He is also set to miss a big chunk of United’s winter fixtures, starting with their trip to Watford next Saturday.
Roy Hodgson believes Carrick’s injury is a serious one.
“Michael Carrick doesn’t look good,” the England manager said in the wake of England’s defeat in Alicante last night.
“He’s got a severely twisted ankle which normally means ligament damage. We won’t know that of course until he’s had an X-ray or a scan tomorrow, but it doesn’t look good.”
Hodgson recalled Carrick after the World Cup, but the midfielder has only started two games for the national team in the subsequent period due to injury.
He has been frequently selected by Louis van Gaal this season, rotating with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Moragn Schneiderlin for the team’s two central midfield position.
Carrick becomes the latest England player to suffer a long-term injury, joining the likes of Danny Welbeck, Luke Shaw, Jordan Henderson and Jack Wilshere on the sidelines.