Carrick back for Man Utd next week
He is expected to return from an Achilles problem on that day or New Years' Day.
"Michael has been outside on the grass so that's good," said United manager David Moyes.
"If this period is a test of our squad it is certainly going to be a test of every other team in the Premier League because I would think that we have the biggest squad, arguably the strongest squad.
"We've got a squad which is capable of coping. We could nearly change 11 players every game should we need to because we have that depth. We've lost key players and big players so we've got to make sure we can cope."