Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is likely to be sidelined until late December, a month later than is original return date, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed.
The defender, who missed five months of last season with a cruciate ligament injury, underwent surgery on the same knee in September after complaining of stiffness in his leg during a training session. It was originally suggested that the Serbian would face eight weeks out, but Ferguson has today revealed the defender will have a longer wait on his hands.
"I think we're talking around December for Vidic. Maybe around Christmas time,” Ferguson said.
Ferguson revealed earlier today that Chris Smalling is making good progress with his return to first team action, having been ruled out since May with a metatarsal injury.
“Chris Smalling is training with the first-team squad on the football side which is good news," Ferguson said. "He's not ready for us yet but it's still encouraging.”