Manchester United have been dealt another injury blow, as the club confirms Nemanja Vidic will be out for two months.
The news comes as another big body blow to United’s squad, leaving only Rio Ferdinand, who is alreday managing a long standing back problem, and Jonny Evans, who has only just returned from injury himself, as the club’s only two fit senior central defenders.
Chris Smalling and Phil Jones could both be out for another six weeks themselves, meaning that United might have to call on Michael Carrick, or promote some of the younger defenders in the squad, such as Scott Wooton, Michael Keane and Frederic Veseli, to help fill the void left.
Vidic underwent surgery this week after feeling some tightness in the knee he injured so badly last season.
A club statement read:
“Nemanja Vidic has had a meniscus operation on his right knee and will be out for around eight weeks.
“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.”
Reports in the Daily Mail also state that Antonio Valencia’s foot is in a protective boot, as a result of Glen Johnson’s tackle on Sunday at Anfield, despite claims from the Liverpool defender that Valencia had dived to win the match-winning penalty.