Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has been ruled out of the start of the Barclays Premier League season with a calf injury.
Vidic will miss the Community Shield showpiece against Chelsea on Sunday at Wembley and the following game against Birmingham City.
Wes Brown is also sidelined this weekend with a thigh problem but is expectedback for the opening Premier League match.
Gary Neville is back in training but is unlikely to feature in the Community Shiel because of a groin strain.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: Ferguson said: "Neither Wes orNemanja have long-term injuries. I would expect Wes to be fit for thegame a week on Sunday.
'As for Vidic he pulled his calf in the warm-up in Munich (against Bayern Munich) and is two weeks away.
'Gary is doing a little bit of training and coming on fine but I do not think he will make Sunday.'
With goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar out for up to ten weeks withbroken fingers, Ferguson has to choose between Ben Foster and TomaszKuszczak against Chelsea.
Ferguson added: 'We have a selection dilemma as to who plays in goal on Sunday. It is not an easy one for me.'
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