Michael Carrick was forced to have procedure on his heart after the Manchester United midfielder had been struck down by dizzy spells.
Carrick underwent a cardiac ablation to correct an irregular heart rhythm after suffering a health scare during United’s League Cup victory over Burton Albion in late September.
Carrick subsequently wore a heart monitor in training, and although he was named among the substitutes for the next game against Southampton, problems persisted and he was referred to a cardiologist at the Alexandra hospital in Cheadle for more tests.
Carrick – who is contracted until the end of this season – is thought to have been left feeling “a bit down” by the situation, according to friends, but he is now close to full fitness and a return.
In a statement released on his Facebook account, 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 2nd half of the Burton game in September I underwent a series of tests.
“It turned out to be 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. Thanks for your support.”
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