Old Trafford skipper set to miss games with Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will be out for up to five weeks with a calf injury and will miss crucial games against Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson today confirmed the defender’s problem is worse than first thought after he limped out of the 2-1 win at West Brom last Sunday.
It was initially anticipated a nerve issue would keep him out for just two weeks but the news means the Red Devils will miss the skipper until the very end of September.
“The situation has reversed and Vidic has a calf muscle injury, which means he’ll maybe be four to five weeks,” Ferguson said.
There was some good news for Ferguson with Vidic’s defensive partner Rio Ferdinand set to return quicker than anticipated from a hamstring injury.
Ferguson’s assessment at the time was Ferdinand would be sidelined for six weeks, missing England’s Euro 2012 double-header against Bulgaria and Wales next month.
But following a visit to a specialist in Munich during the week, the injury is not as bad as first feared, and could return to face Arsenal next weekend.
“Rio is not as bad as we thought and he could be ready for our game with Arsenal,” said the Scot.
“I don’t think he’ll be ready for Monday, but it’s amazing how assessments can change in the space of a few days.”
Ferguson will now pair Phil Jones and Jonny Evans together at the heart of his defence for the visit of Spurs, whilst Chris Smalling will fill in at right-back.
Ferguson at least has Patrice Evra available again at left back after he missed the game at West Brom with a knee injury.
Darren Fletcher (virus), Antonio Valencia (ankle) and Javier Hernandez (concussion) are all closing in on a return, but are not yet ready.
Michael Owen is out with a back problem, whilst Rafael faces up to 10 weeks on the sidelines after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder.