Report: Michael Carrick to feature in friendly

Report: Carrick to feature in friendly
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A report claims that a friendly is being arranged for Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick to continue his recovery from an ankle problem.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick could reportedly step up his comeback from an ankle injury by featuring in a friendly later this week.

The 33-year-old has been sidelined with the complaint since July.

However, he recently returned to training and, providing that he suffers no setbacks over the coming days, manager Louis van Gaal is keen to arrange a behind-closed-doors exhibition fixture to give Carrick some match fitness, according to the Daily Mail.

Should the England international come from that encounter unscathed, it is believed that he will be under consideration for a place in Van Gaal's squad for next Monday's trip to West Bromwich Albion.

Recent speculation has suggested that Carrick is highly regarded by Van Gaal, who would like the former Tottenham Hotspur player to sign a new contract at Old Trafford.

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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