Fortnight on sidelines for Carrick

The England international limped out of the 7-1 victory over the

Airtricity League XI after picking up the knock during the first

half and Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed the 29-year-old will be

out for a fortnight. “Michael hurt his ankle on Wednesday,” said

Ferguson. “It is nothing serious but he will be out for a couple of

weeks, so he will miss the start of the season.” It means Carrick

will miss Sunday’s Community Shield encounter with Chelsea, plus

the opening Premier League game with Newcastle on August 16. In

addition Carrick will not be available for England’s midweek

friendly against Hungary at Wembley. Ferguson has confirmed Michael

Owen and Wayne Rooney will both feature for 45 minutes at the

weekend, although a number of senior players will not be involved.

“Gabriel Obertan still has the ankle injury he picked up in the

United States,” said Ferguson. “It will be a few weeks before Rio

Ferdinand is back amongst us and Owen Hargreaves is still in the

United States. “Anderson is making good progress from his knee

injury and he could be back training in two or three weeks.”

Brazilian twins Rafael and Fabio are doubtful after suffering food

poisoning during the week. Meanwhile, Ferguson has confirmed young

strikers Danny Welbeck and Mame Biram Diouf are both set to go out

on loan. Although the United manager did not state where the

players would go, it is believed Welbeck will go to Sunderland and

Diouf to Blackburn, with their respective deals being thrashed out

today. One player not going anywhere is Tom Cleverley, who Ferguson

has decided to keep at Old Trafford after an impressive pre-season

campaign.