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Man Utd's Carrick ruled out of season opener

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick will miss the start of the Premier League season with an ankle injury, the club have confirmed.

Carrick took a knock on his ankle in United's 7-1 win over a League of Ireland XI in a friendly and will now be ruled out of the Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.

''Michael hurt his ankle on Wednesday,'' said Ferguson. ''It is nothing serious but he will be out for a couple of weeks, so he will miss the start of the season.''

Ferguson has confirmed Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney will both feature for 45 minutes at the weekend, although a number of senior players will not be involved.

''Gabriel Obertan still has the ankle injury he picked up in the United States,'' said Ferguson. ''It will be a few weeks before Rio Ferdinand is back amongst us and Owen Hargreaves is still in the United States.

''Anderson is making good progress from his knee injury and he could be back training in two or three weeks.''

Meanwhile, strikers Mame Biram Diouf and Danny Welbeck will be allowed to leave the club on loan this summer, with Blackburn and Sunderland reportedly interested.

One player not going anywhere is Tom Cleverley, who Ferguson has decided to keep at Old Trafford after an impressive pre-season campaign.

''Tom Cleverley is going to stay,'' confirmed Ferguson. ''He is an exceptional young player in the sense of his ability to play in different positions. He is such a mobile boy who can play wide on either side and in central midfield. Also, which he has showed at Watford last year, he is a goalscorer.

''The days of expecting Paul Scholes to score 15 goals a season have gone now. We have to look at that area of the team because we must get goals from midfield. Tom has got outstanding qualities as far as goalscoring is concerned, so he is going to stay.''

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