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Wednesday 26 September 2012

Man Utd's Vidic ruled out for two months

Manchester United skipper undergoes knee surgery after missing Liverpool match

Defender Nemanja Vidic joined Manchester United from Spartak Moscow in 2006

Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic has been ruled out for two months after undergoing a knee operation.

The 30-year-old Serb missed the Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool on Sunday after complaining of tightness in his knee.

Further tests revealed the extent of the injury, with Vidic having surgery this week.

"Further medical investigation revealed the underlying problem"
Manchester Utd statement

"Nemanja Vidic has had a meniscus operation on his right knee and will be out for around eight weeks," read a statement on the Manchester United website.

"Sir Alex [Ferguson], as a precautionary measure, rested Vidic at the weekend, after he complained of tightness in his knee, however, further medical investigation revealed the underlying problem."

United are set to be without Vidic for the crucial Barclays Premier League matches against Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Chelsea and Arsenal as well as up to four UEFA Champions League ties.

Vidic missed the final five months of last season after rupturing the cruciate ligament in the same knee during United's Champions League defeat by Basel last December.

The news is a further blow to Sir Alex Ferguson's rearguard, which is already missing central defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

In July, Smalling was ruled out for 10 weeks with a broken metatarsal, while Phil Jones suffered a knee injury at the start of September and is expected to be sidelined for two months.

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Key Points

  • Nemanja Vidic ruled out for two months
  • Manchester United defender has had knee surgery
  • Vidic missed five months of last season with injury