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Vidic ruled out for two months

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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will be out for eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery as the club's defensive crisis deepens.

Vidic missed United's match against Liverpool at Anfield after withdrawing from the squad with a tightness in his right knee, only to discover that he required an operation on the meniscus of the joint.

The news will be a blow to Sir Alex Ferguson, who said prior to the Liverpool game that "he [Vidic] felt a bit tight around his knee and we decided to give him a break."

United are already without Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, leaving Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans as the only recognised centre-backs available. Michael Carrick has already been forced to play as an emergency centre-back this season.

Vidic missed around half of United's 2011-12 season after rupturing a cruciate ligament in his right knee as United crashed out of the Champions League against Basel, missing the next five months of the season.

"Nemanja Vidic has had a meniscus operation on his right knee and will be out for around eight weeks," said a club spokesman.

"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."

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