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Carrick out for up to six weeks

Michael Carrick
Carrick had only just returned from an ankle injury

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick will be out for up to six weeks after it was revealed he has broken a bone in his foot.

The 28-year-old suffered the injury in a tackle by Yossi Benayoun in the first half of Saturday's 2-1 loss to Liverpool and left Anfield on crutches.

"It's not turned out well for us," said Sir Alex Ferguson.

"He has a small crack in his foot which was diagnosed on Sunday afternoon. It isn't good news."

The injury is a fresh setback for Carrick, who had only just returned to action after three weeks out with an ankle injury sustained in United's opening game of the season against Newcastle.

He was forced to pull out of the England squad for the friendly against the Czech Republic and subsequently missed the two World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Croatia.

Carrick's latest injury will also rule him out of England's next two qualifers against Kazakhstan and Belarus next month.

He will miss United's opening Champions League game against Villarreal on Wednesday, their second against Aalborg on 30 September and possibly their third against Celtic on 21 October.

see also
Man Utd v Villarreal
16 Sep 08 |  Europe
Liverpool 2-1 Man Utd
13 Sep 08 |  Premier League
Liverpool win delights Carragher
14 Sep 08 |  Liverpool
Carrick faces three-week absence
18 Aug 08 |  Man Utd

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