Michael Carrick could return to contention for Manchester United during the Christmas fixture schedule, David Moyes has revealed.
The midfielder has been out of action with an Achilles tendon injury since the middle of November, having made his last appearance for the Reds in the 1-0 win over Arsenal.
But with Saturday’s visit of West Ham starting a run of four Barclays Premier League games that culminates in the meeting with Tottenham on New Year’s Day, the news that the 32-year-old is making good progress has handed the boss a timely boost.
“Michael has started some work outside on grass and is getting a little bit closer,” Moyes said. “I think he’s roughly due to be back around New Year’s Day – that’s the rough time. We are hopeful we may be able to squeeze a few more days out of it but I can’t be sure yet.”
However, a back injury to Marouane Fellaini has not cleared up and Moyes is waiting to find out if this might be the time for the Belgian to undergo surgery to correct a wrist problem that has dogged the midfielder since early in the season.
“Marouane has got an injury to his back – a bit of muscle has separated from the bone in his back – which we hoped may have healed up. We’re checking it with a scan but if it hasn’t healed I might need to take a decision to get his wrist done as well. I’d hoped he'd be better in 10 days but he’s still feeling it and was not much better today [Friday].”