Michael Carrick is set to sign a new contract at Manchester United – easing the pain of being told he will be out of action until Christmas.
The United midfielder has an Achilles injury and has pulled out of England’s friendlies against Chile and Germany.
He has had tests and has been told the problems will keep him out of action for up to six weeks. Yet the news of a new two year deal will go some way to numbing the pain. Carrick has impressed David Moyes since he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer. There had been fears he would be released by the club but it looks like he could put pen to paper on a new contract in the next few weeks.
Carrick said: “I’d love to carry on playing as long as possible at this club. It’s a fantastic club and I’ve had great times here. I feel good at the moment. I’ve just turned 32, so I’ve got a bit of time yet.”
The two year deal would see United break with tradition. Like rivals Chelsea, they have a policy of offering players over 30 just one year deals.
Yet Moyes has sanctioned a longer contract for Carrick who has enjoyed successful times at Old Trafford since arriving from Tottenham in 2006 in a £16million deal.