Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was finally unveiled to the media today, but amid all the talk of bringing his footballing philoshpy to the club and selecting a new captain, there was bad news, too.
As revealed by James Robson of the Manchester Evening News, van Gaal told the assembled press that midfielder Michael Carrick will be out injured for what the 62-year-old referred to as "a long time."
While not revealing what the injury is, van Gaal added that Carrick would be out for "much too long for me."
Carrick has been United's best midfielder for many a season, and his absence - if as long as is being suggested - would make it even more important for the club to sign at least one more quality central midfielder this summer.
That man may well be Arturo Vidal, although it will take an almighty bid to tempt Juventus's hand after they revealed the Chilean was not for sale.
Carrick made 40 appearances in total for United last season, but it seems it will be some time before he adds to that tally.
Van Gaal says carrick is injured for 'a long time' #mufc— James Robson (@JamesRobsonMEN) July 17, 2014