Manchester United veteran Michael Carrick has revealed he underwent surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat.
The Red Devils midfielder has not played since September 20 and has complained of feeling dizzy and unwell.
During their Carabao Cup match against Burton Albion, the 36-year-old was checked by a group of paramedics in the United dressing room with an electrocardiogram.
Carrick was fitted with a monitor in training and club doctors discovered the ex-England star had an irregular heartbeat.
The midfielder underwent minor surgery at the Alexandra Hospital in Manchester, and is expected to make a full recovery within a fortnight.
Carrick released a statement on Twitter regarding his current fitness, stating he now feels fine.
Here’s the full statement from the player:
He said: “I just want to clear up my situation as I’ve had quite a few people asking if I’m OK and why I haven’t been fit over the last couple of months.
“After feeling strange during the second half of the Burton game in September I underwent a series of tests.
“It turned out to be due to an irregular heart rhythm which has been fully investigated and I had a procedure called a cardiac ablation.
“I had to build up training steadily whilst being monitored closely but I feel fine now.
“I would like to reassure everyone that I’m healthy and back training hard with the team.
“I’m building up my fitness and aiming to be back in contention for selection soon.”
Crikey, that’s worrying.
Carrick has been a staple of United’s team since joining from Tottenham back in 2006, and has made well over 400 appearances for the side in all competitions.
Overlooked for the national team over the years (he only has 34 caps to his name), the pass master is one of the most successful English players ever – having won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League, along with the Community Shield, Europa League and FIFA Club World Cup.
Not bad, right?
Wishing you a full and speedy recovery, Michael!