Vidic blow for United
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has been ruled out unit the end of November after a knee operation. The Serbia defender missed United's match away to Liverpool last Sunday after complaining of tightness in his right knee. Further tests revealed the problem to be more severe than initially expected. The centre-back underwent surgery.
Vidic, aged 30, missed the final five months of last season with a torn knee ligament. "Nemanja Vidic has had a meniscus operation on his right knee and will be out for around eight weeks," read a United statement. "Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (pictured) rested Vidic as a precautionary measure 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."