England manager Roy Hodgson has opened up about the extent of the injury to Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, Carrick featured on the England bench for the European Championship 2016 qualifier against San Marino, but was an unused sub and has now been withdrawn for the upcoming game against Switzerland, instead traveling back to Manchester for treatment.
“It’s a calf injury.
“We don’t believe it’s that serious. It’s quite strange. It came out of nowhere almost.
“It was at the start of a warm-up in San Marino. He felt something very, very small, very, very slight.
“He had a preliminary type of scan with our doctors and they decided there’s something there.
“It’s up to Manchester United to look at it much more closely. We don’t believe it’s a long-term injury.
“But of course more than enough to keep him out of the game which both he and I are disappointed by.”
The only glimmer of hope for Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, is that this injury doesn’t appear to be as severe as first thought, though given his underated quality in the middle of the pitch, you can be sure that van Gaal would want a speedy recovery and a quick return to action.