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Carrick reveals he's had heart op

By Simon Peach

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick has undergone a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm and hopes to make a swift return to action.

Carrick revealed he had felt something was wrong during his only outing of the season - a 4-1 EFL Cup victory over Burton in September - and underwent tests to determine the problem.

It was the same procedure former United star Norman Whiteside underwent seven years ago.

Carrick (36) says he is now "healthy" and focused on making his comeback for United.

A statement 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 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 while 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."

Meanwhile, United boss Jose Mourinho has warned Henrikh Mkhitaryan to cut out the "disappearing" acts.

The 28-year-old has had a fair share of highs and lows since last year's big-money switch from Borussia Dortmund.

Mourinho said: "I was not happy with his last performances. I'm not speaking about one or two, I'm speaking about three, four or five. He started the season very well and after that step by step he was disappearing.

"His performance levels in terms of goal scoring and assists, high pressing, recovering the ball high up the pitch, bringing the team with him as a number 10, were decreasing step by step."

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