The big Serb is not long back since a lengthy lay-off after he suffered ligament damage almost a year ago, and today we learnt the sad news that our club captain is going to be out of action for a further two months due to a knee problem.
The club released the following statement:
“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.”
The biggest fear for me is that the injury occurred on the same knee, and it may possibly be one of those niggling injuries that just never go away. Nemanja hasn’t looked his best so far this year, but after such a long time out of action, this was only to be expected.
Once again, it means we’re extremely short in the centre-back position, with the only senior defenders at our disposal at present being Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand. As we all know, the latter of the two doesn’t have the best injury record, so we have reason to be wary. With Phil Jones and Chris Smalling still sidelined, we surely can’t risk Rio and Jonny in tomorrow’s Capital One Cup clash vs. Newcastle, so I’d expect Sir Alex to opt for youngsters Scott Wootton and Michael Keane at the heart of our defence.
The saddest thing about it is that Nemanja’s best football has probably been and gone, he isn’t getting any younger and these injuries certainly aren’t helping him, as mentioned previously he hasn’t looked anywhere near his best up until now, I just hope it doesn’t end his career prematurely.
Get well soon Nemanja!