Michael Carrick
Manchester United's Michael Carrick is a doubt for their next clash against Arsenal. Getty Images/Michael Regan

Manchester United have received yet another blow in the injury department when Michael Carrick was forced to pull out of the England squad after picking up a problem with his groin.

The 33-year-old will now miss England's double header against Scotland and Slovenia in the international break in November having played his last game against Poland at Wembley last year. It is a huge blow for Roy Hodgson, who had earmarked the defender to fill in the void left by Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard following their retirement.

The midfielder was overlooked for the recently concluded World Cup by Hodgson and given his age, is unlikely to make it to the provisionary squad for the 2016 European Championship either.

However, the extent of his injury will be closely monitored by Louis van Gaal, who has a number of his stars players on the sidelines recovering from injuries, and needs Carrick to counter the threat posed by the attacking trio of Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck when they visit the Emirates next week.

The Football Association (FA) released a statement saying that the midfielder sustained a groin injury and that he will be back at the club on Wednesday to undergo further scans and tests.

"Michael Carrick will return to his club on Wednesday evening after sustaining a minor groin injury in training this morning. There will be no call ups at this time," the statement said as quoted by Sky Sports.

The midfielder has only just returned from injury, having stayed on the sidelines for more than five months making two appearances so far. The midfielder was deployed in the back four against Manchester City following the suspension of Chris Smalling and injury to Marcus Rojo, where he did a commendable job but failed to restrict Sergio Aguero, as their noisy neighbours scraped a 1-0 win past the 20-time champions.

United are currently in seventh place, one point behind Arsenal, with 27 games left in the season.