Vidic was not completely recovered,admits Sir AlexSeptember 29, 2012 Comments Off
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Sir Alex has admitted that even when Vidic had returned, he was sure that the Serbian defender had not recovered completely.
Vidic missed half of the last season after picking up a cruciate knee-ligament injury against FC Basel in the Champions League match December 2011.
The 30 year-old centre-back had played a few matches this season but had to undergo a knee injury this Monday after which he has been ruled out for two months.
“I don’t think he was ever 100 percent. I noticed a couple of times in training that he was limping a little bit. Then he started feeling tightness in his knee,”Sir Alex Ferguson said.
“He wanted to carry on and in that situation that is what tough guys can do.
“Obviously the main operation was to correct the cruciate but when you do cruciates there is always the danger that the cartilage or meniscus is damaged also and that was the case.”
United now have Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand as the fit centre-backs but Chris Smalling is set to return in a few weeks as well.
Just like last year, United have now an expanding injury list with Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia also out.
United youngsters Michael Keane and Scott Wootton made impressive starts but they are less likely to start against spurs.
Sir Alex Ferguson might have to suffer from a bit of head ache when he will have to choose between David de Gea and Anders Lindegaard. He also has a lot options for attackers with Rooney back so it will not be easy for him.
This game might feature Robin van Persie and Rooney together for the first time in a match.
“It is early doors but at the moment I don’t know where I am going in the sense of what my best partnership will be,” added Ferguson. “Probably the strongest part of the club will be in the striker department. It [van Persie's arrival] should give everyone a push.”
“Danny Welbeck is in the same position as Javier in that they are not the first-team choices at the moment. That doesn’t mean to say it will stay that way because competition is always healthy and them being the kind of young lads they are, will be desperate to establish themselves.”
This will not be an easy match for both of the teams.