England and Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is set to miss the friendlies against Chile and Germany with an injury he has been carrying for "some weeks".
Speaking after the United victory against Arsenal, Carrick stated:
"I was a bit patched up to play," Carrick said. "I have been carrying the injury for a few weeks. I got through it but it doesn't look too good."
Obviously you never want to see a player injured, but the best thing for Carrick, Manchester United and England is for the 32 year old to sit out these meaningless games.
Every player will want to play these games in a World Cup year, but an Achilles injury is extremely difficult to rehabilitate without a significant amount of rest.
In terms of what this means for England, it will enable us to play a younger player looking to prove himself against tough South American competition and of course the excellent German outfit.