Phil Jones believes Michael Carrick will be a huge loss to Manchester United after the 32-year-old was ruled out for up to six weeks with an Achilles injury.
Carrick, who has played in 15 of United's 18 matches this season, could be sidelined until after Christmas and may miss six Premier League games after the recurrence of a recent injury.
The former Tottenham midfielder had already sat out the 3-1 win over Fulham and the 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad, but then returned to play in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Arsenal.
However, he was forced to pull out of the England squad for the friendlies against Chile and Germany and will now be out for a minimum of four weeks.
Jones told Sky Sports: “He's been in terrific form and he is a top player and he will be missed by club and country. He is a top player. He brings a lot to the side with his range of passing so he will be sorely missed.”
Jones himself partnered Carrick in the middle of midfield against Arsenal and could be set for more appearances in that position in his teammate’s absence.
Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs, Anderson and summer signing Marouane Fellaini provide other options to manager David Moyes.
Forward Danny Welbeck, who has missed United’s last six matches, also withdrew from the England party but Jones is optimistic he will return sooner.
“He has done well on the international stage and he is another great player but hopefully he will be back soon,” Jones added.