Michael Carrick

Manchester United have been handed a major boost after their midfielder Michael Carrick returned to light training session, according to the Daily Mail.

The 32-year-old suffered an Achilles injury after United's 1-0 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford and was sidelined for six weeks, as confirmed by the club's official website. Carrick was not in the squad during England's friendly defeat against Chile and Germany and is set to miss United's crucial fixtures in the coming weeks.

The former Tottenham midfielder was in Dubai last week after undergoing an Achilles operation. The Daily Mail suggests that Carrick has returned to England to start his rehabilitation process, but could still be on the sidelines for the next five weeks.

United's injury crisis suffered a further blow as Phil Jones picked up a groin injury during England's 2-0 defeat at Wembley. The Three Lions' defender was sent back to the club and is likely to miss the Premier League champions' upcoming fixtures against Cardiff City and Bayer Leverkusen, reports the Metro.

The Football Association (FA) released a statement confirming Jones' injury, which read: "Phil Jones has been ruled out of England's final match of 2013 against Germany on Tuesday evening."

"The Manchester United defender picked up his injury during England's defeat to Chile on Friday evening, and following a scan on Saturday he has returned to his club."

With Carrick ruled out for the next few weeks and Jones unlikely to be fit for the weekend trip to Wales, David Moyes has a huge task ahead of him to sort out United's midfield.

Anderson's appearances have been limited this season and this could be his final chance to prove his worth at Old Trafford. The Brazilian admitted that he is happy at the club despite his bit part role under Moyes, but will re-evaluate his future after the end of the season.

Carrick has started in 10 league games for United and has been one of the key members for the club in the past few years. The former Everton manager is likely to field Marouane Fellaini and Tom Cleverly in United's midfield, while having the options of Ryan Giggs and Anderson on the bench.