Carrick could return in Valencia

Michael Carrick could make his first-team return for Manchester

United in their Champions League group stage clash with Valencia on

Wednesday.

The midfielder has not started a game for United since the

Community Shield and, although he did join up with the England

squad for their opening Euro 2012 qualifiers, he was then sent for

an injection to try to ease the discomfort from a niggling Achilles

problem.

Sir Alex Ferguson reported on Friday that Carrick had returned

to training and the former Tottenham star was on the flight to

Spain this morning that departed without the injured Wayne

Rooney.