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Carrick out for month as United seek Mata conclusion

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Juan Mata. Picture credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Juan Mata. Picture credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Juan Mata. Picture credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

DAVID MOYES has been hit with another injury blow while waits for Juan Mata to move to Old Trafford.

Midfielder Michael Carrick could be out for up to a month with damaged ankle ligaments in Manchester United's failed attempt to set-up a League Cup final collision with Manchester City in midweek and reported bad swelling around the injury a day later.

The injury will almost certainly rule him out of Manchester United's clash with Arsenal in three weeks' time and the Champions League Round of 16 clash with Greek side Olympiakos - his latest setback coming just after a six week lay-off with Achilles problems.

Moyes' wait on Mata (above), who is ready to sign off on a four-and-a-half year £150k-a-week deal, appears to be complicated by a delay caused by negotiations between Chelsea and Egyptian international Mohamed Salah, with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers also interested.

"I'm not sure whether that deal is definitely done yet or not," Rodgers said. "The young guy (Salah) is a good player. We have tracked him for a number of months, the club has been watching him and I have been to watch him. It is one where the agent of the player and the clubs were talking but if the deal can't be done, the deal can't be done."


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