Man United’s Nemanja Vidić out for eight weeks after knee operation

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidić will be sidelined for around eight weeks after undergoing a knee operation

Nemanja Vidic
Nemanja Vidić did not feature in Man United's 2-1 victory over Liverpool Photo: marc_tacoma, via Flickr

Nemanja Vidic

Nemanja Vidić has been ruled out for around two months after the Manchester United captain underwent surgery on his left knee.

The Serbia international missed United’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield after feeling tightness in his problematic knee ahead of the north-west derby.

A United statement read: “Nemanja Vidić has had a meniscus operation on his right knee and will be out for around eight weeks.

“Sir Alex, as a precautionary measure, rested Vidić 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.”

The 30-year-old missed the second half of last season after rupturing his cruciate ligament in his right knee during United’s 2-1 defeat by Basel in the Champions League group-stage.

Sir Alex Ferguson had initially hoped the centre-half would be fit for United’s game against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday following Vidić’s absence at Anfield.

“He was just feeling a bit tight round about his knee and we decided just to give him a break today,” said Ferguson on Sunday. “Hopefully he’ll be alright next week.”

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