Vidic's mystery absence explained as Fergie reveals star is out for 10 days

08 January 2010 04:21
Mystery absence: Vidic pulled out of United's FA Cup clash during the warm-up[LNB]Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed Nemanja Vidic will be sidelined for a further 10 days after tweaking a nerve in his leg, finally casting some light on the defender's previously unexplained absence from Manchester United's last FA Cup exit against Leeds last weekend.[LNB]Serbian Vidic had been named on the teamsheet to face the League One club but pulled out during the warm up. Speaking after the shock defeat, Ferguson was at a loss to explain the 11th-hour withdrawl of his centre-back.[LNB]There followed a period of intense discussion about the 28-year-old's future, with speculation about a move to Real Madrid only diffused when Vidic claimed he had a 'marvellous relationship' with his boss.[LNB]Ferguson has now clarified the situation, and confirmed Vidic will miss tomorrow's trip to Birmingham, plus next Saturday's encounter with Burnley.[LNB]'He felt a bit of a problem with the right side of his leg and didn't feel confident about playing the game,' said the United boss. 'I understand that because it was quite painful. [LNB]'We sent him to a specialist on Wednesday and the problem will be solved by some exercises we are going to have to give him now.[LNB]'He should be back in about 10 days' time.'[LNB]Rumours about 28-year-old Vidic have been rife this season with many suggesting his family had failed to settle in Manchester. The sunnier climbs of Spain have been touted as a possible destination. [LNB] BIRMINGHAM v Manchester United: Stephen Carr back from ban to face Red DevilsGilberto, Djemba-Djemba, Alves and more - Sportsmail's guide to the worst January transfer window signings ever Neville's dilemma over new one-year Manchester United contractALL THE MANCHESTER UNITED FC

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