Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has been sidelined for the rest of the season with a calf injury, manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed.
The England international, who picked up the injury during the 4-2 win against rivals Manchester City on April 12, has worse than first feared.
However, other defenders such as Luke Shaw, Jonny Evans and Marcos Rojo are back in the line for the Premier League encounter at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Dutch manager has admitted Carrick’s absence would be a huge blow for his team and the manager might look for a new midfielder to replace 33-year-old injured in the summer transfer window.
“Carrick is not available, it was more heavy than we thought,” Van Gaal told MUTV. “We tried everything but now we have to think about next season. He shall not play anymore this season. It’s better now to focus for him on next season and being fit to start.
“When you see the stats, it’s clear that he’s very important but that’s also because we have only one right-sided holding midfielder.”
Meanwhile United fans were worried about the club’s last three games of the season and if Carrick can ever recover from this latest injury.