Carrick close to making Man Utd comeback

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is stepping up his recovery from an ankle ligament injury in the hope that he can be fit for their upcoming games, the Daily Mail has reported.

The 33-year-old has been out of action since July after picking up the problem during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, and United are now looking to arrange a friendly for later in the week in order for Carrick to prove his fitness ahead of the trip to West Bromwich Albion on October 20.

Manager Louis van Gaal sees the former West Ham United and Tottenham man as a key part of his system, with his passing ability set to be employed so the Red Devils can build from the back. The England international, who has been at Old Trafford since 2006, signed a new one year deal in the summer with the option of an extension.

Along with Carrick, fellow England player Phil Jones is hoping to return to action in the coming week following a hamstring injury. However, Jonathan Evans and Chris Smalling are still some way away from a return.

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