Man Utd midfielder Carrick returns to light training

Manchester United have been boosted by the news that midfielder Michael Carrick has returned to light training following an operation on his Achilles, the Daily Mail has reported.

Carrick is still likely to miss more than a month before he can return to David Moyes’ team but is ahead of schedule for his rehabilitation, the newspaper adds. The England international took a break in Dubai when the Premier League paused for the latest round of international fixtures, and upon returning to Manchester has also returned to training.

The 32-year-old is expected to sign a new contract with the Premier League champions, extending his stay at Old Trafford for a further two-and-a-half years, with the option for an additional 12 months. Carrick has been a United player since 2006, moving from Tottenham Hotspur.

Beginning his career at West Ham, Carrick left Upton Park for White Hart Lane in 2004, having also taken in loan spells at Swindon Town and Birmingham City. He played a little over 70 games for Spurs before Sir Alex Ferguson brought him to United, where he has gone on to play more than 300 games.

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