Nemanja Vidic back injury not serious, insist Man United

Manchester United play down the severity of Nemanja Vidic's injury which has ruled the centre-half out of their pre-season tour

Nemanja Vidic
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Manchester United have moved to play down the severity of Nemanja Vidic’s injury after the Serbian was ruled out of the club’s pre-season tour.

The Red Devils captain was not part of the 19-man travelling party which headed to Thailand on Wednesday with the centre-half hampered by a back injury.

The 31-year-old has a sciatic nerve problem and has remained in Manchester to receive treatment on the injury setback ahead of the new Premier League season.

However, the Red Devils are still optimistic the Serbia international could still recover and link-up with the touring party, who will visit Australia, Japan and Hong Kong.

“It’s nothing serious,” a club spokesperson told United’s website.

“Nemanja has a touch of sciatica [pain stemming from nerves in the back] and may still join the tour at a later date.

“In the meantime, he’ll continue his pre-season preparations in Manchester at the Aon Training Complex.”

Last week, Vidic’s agent Silvano Martino rubbished speculation linking the defender with a shock move to Serie A side AC Milan.

“We are talking with no-one. This is all pub talk,” Martino told the Daily Mirror.

“This is the first time I heard that news and I don’t know where it came from.

“We’re talking about the captain of Manchester United here, not just any player. Vidic has no problems with United – all the talk is hot air.”

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