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

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.

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.

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.

Ferguson has now clarified the situation, and confirmed Vidic will miss tomorrow's trip to Birmingham, plus next Saturday's encounter with Burnley.

'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.

'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.

'He should be back in about 10 days' time.'

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. 

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Source: Daily_Mail