Carrick reveals heart condition

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick has revealed that he has been out of action since September because of a heart condition.

Carrick has featured just once for United this season – September’s Carabao Cup third round win over Burton on September 20.

During the second half of that game, Carrick has told how he “felt strange” and after undergoing tests, he underwent a cardiac ablation procedure – a treatment for irregular heartbeats.

Although the 36-year-old is being monitored closely, the medical procedure appears to have cured the problem, with the midfielder now back in training.

In a statement, Carrick 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.”