Updated: Saturday, 14th December 2019 @ 6:16pm

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic ruled out for eight weeks following knee surgery

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic ruled out for eight weeks following knee surgery

By Mancunian Matters staff

Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic’s knee surgery has added to the club’s defensive woes, after it was revealed he will be out for eight weeks.

The 30-year-old Serbian missed Sunday’s Premier League win at Liverpool, with many believing at the time that he was rested by Sir Alex Ferguson after a three games in a week.

But Vidic, who missed the final five months of last season after rupturing his cruciate ligament, complained of tightness in his right knee and further examination found that surgery was needed – which has now been completed.

“Nemanja Vidic has had a meniscus operation on his right knee and will be out for around eight weeks,” said a club spokesman.

"Sir Alex, 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.

"The central defender was operated on this week and will be sidelined for about eight weeks."

He is now expected to miss most of United’s Champions League group matches, as well as crucial Premier League games at Chelsea and at home to Arsenal.

However, United could welcome their captain back at the Manchester derby on December 8 if Vidic completes his rehab ahead of schedule.  

Ferguson, who was forced to start Michael Carrick at centre-back at the club’s opening league game at Everton, will be helped by the return to form and fitness of Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans.

But the United boss is without England internationals Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, who are sidelined with a broken foot and knee injury respectively.

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