Cape Town - Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is ready to return to the playing field following 12 weeks out injured.
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The England international was selected on the bench for Monday's draw against West Brom and now the 33-year-old is eager to get back on the pitch against Chelsea.
"It's your worst nightmare as a footballer to be out for so long and this is the longest I have ever been out," the Reds veteran told ManUtd.com.
"I have never really had to deal with big injuries before, so this was something new for me.
"The timing of the new manager coming in and me getting injured on that first day wasn't ideal, but that is something that I have got over. I am back training now and looking forward to getting amongst the boys again, and becoming a footballer again!"
The experienced midfielder's return could come against Chelsea on Sunday and Carrick is confident that his team can get a result against the number one side in the league this year.
"We are confident, we go into any match confident that we can get the right result," said Carrick.
"We are still learning each other’s games because it is a pretty new squad with news signings and a new manager. It is progressing in the right way, we feel we are improving all the time.
"We are getting better and there are good signs to show that if we stick at it then there are good times to come. We go into every match positive and we have certainly got the firepower to cause a lot of teams problems."
Manchester United face Chelsea on Sunday at Old Trafford. The match kicks off at 18:00.
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