Date: 4th October 2007 at 9:29am
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Michael Carrick is out for up to six weeks after fracturing his elbow against AS Roma.

Just what we were praying for not to happen did happen indeed. After Owen Hargreaves and Darren Fletcher had been ruled out, it became vital that we keep Scholes and Carrick fit. Well, now we do not have a recognised defensive midfielder…

‘Michael has sustained a fractured right elbow and will be out for up to six weeks,’ a club spokesperson told the official website.

Time has come for the fantastic Scholes-O’Shea pairing but the Irishman is needed at right-back at the moment though I hope Brown’s injury is nothing serious and he’ll be back for the Wigan game. If not, we are in trouble in midfield.

There is still Anderson of course but a Scholes-Anderson pair would leave us seriously vulnerable in defence and put even more pressure on Vidic and Ferdinand.

Another option, Darren Fletcher suffered his injury during the France v Scotland game and at the time doctors said he would miss six weeks. The trouble is, that game was only three weeks ago so we are still far from that date… I think he might be rushed back which I normally hate but we have little to do now.

Hargreaves will be hopefully back in less than a months’ time and I hope beyond hope that we will have both him and Fletcher available for the trip to Emirates on November 3.

And of course I wish a speedy recovery to Michael Carrick.