Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick out injured for a 'long time'

Michael Carrick of Manchester United in action during the Rio Ferdinand Testimonial Match between Manchester United and Sevilla at Old Trafford on August 9, 2013
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Louis van Gaal reveals that Michael Carrick is expected to be out injured for a 'long time' after reportedly damaging a bone in his ankle.

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that midfielder Michael Carrick will be on the sidelines for a 'long time' after he suffered an injury earlier this week.

The Dutchman revealed the news during his first press conference as United manager this afternoon.

The 62-year-old told the gathered media: "Michael Carrick - he is injured in the last day or the day before. So that is, in my opinion, a big blow because he is an experienced player."

When asked how long the midfielder is expected to be out of action for, he said: "Much too long for me."

According to the Daily Mail, Carrick had surgery this morning after suffering damage to a bone in his left ankle.

United are yet to make an official announcement regarding the midfielder's fitness.

Michael Carrick of Manchester United in action during the Rio Ferdinand Testimonial Match between Manchester United and Sevilla at Old Trafford on August 9, 2013
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