Michael Carrick a doubt for Liverpool match after England exit

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The Manchester United star has pulled out of the match against Switzerland with a calf problem.

England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that veteran Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is set to miss this week's Three Lions match against Switzerland at Wembley according to quotes from Sky Sports, casting doubt on whether 34-year-old will feature in the Red Devil's next Premier League match against Liverpool, scheduled for the weekend.

Carrick wasn't involved in England's 6-0 rout of San Marino on Saturday, with Jonjo Shelvey instead given an opportunity to impress in central midfield, something that may well happen again now the former Spurs player is ruled out on Tuesday.

"He has a calf injury. We don't believe it is that serious," Hodgson is quoted as saying to the press by Sky Sports. "It was odd because it came out of nowhere, at the start of the warm-up in San Marino. He felt something and as a precaution we've not pushed him.

"He has had a preliminary scan and the doctors felt there is something there and it is up to Manchester United to look at it more closely."

The little light Hodgson shed on Carrick's injury could well mean he misses United's massive game against rivals Liverpool on Saturday.

But with all injuries, even if they're niggles that mean a player misses one match, they provide opportunities for others. The upside of a potential Carrick absence from Louis van Gaal's squad is that it could give another chance for Bastian Schweinsteiger to impress in the centre of midfield.

The Germany star has only started two of the four Premier League matches United have played so far this season, with Van Gaal instead preferring to gently introduce the ex Bayern Munich man to life in the Premier League.

Another option for United's Dutch boss could see Ander Herrera drop deeper into midfield in a move that could even see the introduction of new signing Anthony Martial in the team, although the France international may be introduced to English football slowly like Schweinsteiger.

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