Vidic injury blow for United
Nemanja Vidic has been ruled out for eight weeks after having knee surgery
Manchester United have been dealt another injury hammer blow after skipper Nemanja Vidic was ruled out for eight weeks following knee surgery.
Vidic, who missed the final five months of last season after rupturing his cruciate in the Champions League defeat to Basle, missed Sunday's Premier League win at Liverpool after complaining of tightness in his right knee. However, a subsequent examination revealed a greater problem, prompting Vidic to be sent for an operation, 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.
"(Manager) 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.
"The central defender was operated on this week and will be sidelined for about eight weeks."
As the new injury is the same knee as Vidic ruptured his cruciate, it is bound to spark fears of another major problem for the 31-year-old.
Even on the timescale United have highlighted it would rule the Serbian out of the Red Devils' next three Champions League matches in addition to seven Premier League games, including key meetings with Chelsea and Arsenal.
However, the worry must be that Vidic will be out for even longer, robbing Ferguson of a major component of his entire squad.
Short-term, it provides the United boss with a major headache. As Phil Jones has been ruled out for a similar period of time with the same problem and Chris Smalling is yet to resume training after a broken metatarsal, it leaves Ferguson with only two fit central defenders, and Jonny Evans picked up a knock at Anfield.
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Whilst it pains me to say it as a Chelsea supporter , the only reason man utd have debt is because the glaziers in their infinite wisdom saddled the club with debt from their american companies mainly from empty shopping malls, I think im right in believing that man utd either dont lose money as a single concern or very little...
He hadn't even fully recovered from his previous knee injury, this is not just a blow for Utd but a massive problem for Vidic. To get a reoccurring injury can ruin a career, he needs plenty of time to recover this time, good luck Vidic.
Lets hope the likes of Smalling and Jones can get back to fitness soon and of course no more injuries please, defensive injuries has blighted us for the past few years.
It's very unlikely but a defender should be signed in January, maybe Jagielka?
A pleasure to watch and a credit to himself and his club.
I hate to say it , but I told you so!
Ferguson new he needed cover in central defence last season,but chose not to sign a singal centre back. I would like to ask him the question ` why not?.