Manchester United star ready for 'pretty decent' Chelsea after injury hell

Michael Carrick says he is ready to get back into first-team action after ankle injury nightmare.

Manchester United's injury woes have sufficiently dropped in recent weeks, with the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera among the many returning to action.

And now their long term absentee Michael Carrick is back among the group. The veteran holding midfielder has been injured since picking up an ankle injury in Louis van Gaal's first session in charge of the club.

He was initially ruled out for 10 weeks with ligament damage in his ankle and is now ready to get back into action. He was among the substitutes for the game with West Brom on Monday night and is now hoping to get back into action in the massive game with Chelsea this weekend.

The 33-year-old has been speaking to the club's official website, confirming his hope to play Chelsea - in a game he is certain United can win:

"I am back training now and looking forward to getting amongst the boys again, and becoming a footballer again!

"You can't help but be impressed [by Chelsea]. They have got a good balance at the moment and they look really strong at the back. They have a great back five, a good mix in midfield and going forward they look dangerous. Put all of that together and it makes a pretty decent team.

"We are confident, we go into any match confident that we can get the right result. We are getting better and there are good signs to show that if we stick at it then there are good times to come. We go into every match positive and we have certainly got the firepower to cause a lot of teams problems."

But Carrick may have to wait for his shot at first-team football.

United snapped up Daley Blind from Ajax this summer and he scored against West Brom, as did Marouane Fellaini - another player who can play in his position.

Rumour has it that LvG plans on turning Carrick into an out and out central defender in the coming months, but expect the England international to start from the bench against Chelsea this weekend.

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