United lose Carrick for three weeks, Rio returns

London: Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick will be out for three weeks with an Achilles problem but defender Rio Ferdinand is fit again, manager Alex Ferguson said on Friday.

"We`ve had a little setback with Michael Carrick. Out for three weeks with an Achilles problem. He`s seen a specialist and had an injection," Ferguson told reporters.

United, who travel to Everton on Saturday, will also be without Brazilian midfielder Anderson, who has a slight niggle but England captain Ferdinand is fit again after recovering from a knee ligament injury sustained before the World Cup.

"Anderson came off with a niggle last night but it won`t knock him back for long," Ferguson said.

"Everyone else is fit. Rio`s in the squad - he wanted to play last night (for the reserves) but his training performances are so good, he doesn`t need to."

Bureau Report

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