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Michael Carrick confirms he underwent heart procedure but 'feels fine now'

Carrick hasn’t featured since September, but is back in training.

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MANCHESTER UNITED MIDFIELDER Michael Carrick has confirmed his recent absence was due not to a football-related injury, but a heart problem.

The 36-year-old has been out of action since United’s 4-1 defeat of Burton Albion on 20 September, and posted a note to Twitter in which he confirmed he had underwent a procedure to amend an irregular heart rhythm which was detected during tests.

Carrick also confirmed that he has returned to training, and aims to be return to José Mourinho’s selection plans in the near future.

The England international has spent 11 years at Old Trafford having arrived for an initial fee of £14 million from Tottenham at the beginning of the 2006/07 season.

His recent absence was attributed to a calf injury by many, but there had been reports that the United captain was ruled out of action with a ‘mystery illness.’

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