20 Aug 2011

Injuries strike Man U's defenders

9:02 am on 20 August 2011

The Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic faces longer on the sidelines than initially expected with manager Alex Ferguson saying the defender would be out of football for up to five weeks with a calf injury.

There was better news for fellow centre back Rio Ferdinand, who had been ruled out for six weeks with a hamstring injury but who could now return in time for the Premier League champions' home match against Arsenal on August the 28th.

Ferdinand and Vidic picked up the injuries in last Monday's 2-1 season-opening victory at West Bromwich Albion.