It just keeps getting worse for Manchester United. After the shock Carling Cup and Champions League exit against lowly Crystal Palace and FC Basel, the Reds manager Sir Alex Ferguson today confirmed that club captain Nemanja Vidic will be out for the rest of the 2011-12 season.
The Serbian had to be stretchered off the pitch on Wednesday in the 2-1 defeat against FC Basel and later left the stadium on crutches.
Sir Alex, speaking in his pre match conference, as the Reds prepare to take on Wolves in the premier league said:
“We thought it was a bad one. He’s out for the season. It’s not unexpected but it’s still bad news.
“He’ll see a specialist on Monday to work out the progress of when he has the operation. It won’t be immediate as we have to let the swelling come down.
“We’ll now have to choose between Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling [to fill the gap]. I thought Rio had his best game of season on Wednesday. His experience will be vital.
“[Losing Nemanja] is a loss and we missed him in the early part of the season for five weeks with his calf injury against West Brom. He’s such a dominant character, particularly his defending in the penalty box. That’s always a strong feature of his game.”
“Berbatov may be available. We’re hoping he trains today [Friday].
“All the rest who are injured are still out. We hope the turn of the year brings all these players back. They should be back by New Year.”