Vidic may be out until Christmas
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic could be sidelined until Christmas, manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said.
The Serbian defender was ruled out for a minimum of eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery on a torn meniscus in September.
But any hopes the 31-year-old might be back before the end of November have proved optimistic with Ferguson telling MUTV: "I think we're talking around December for Vidic. Maybe around Christmas time."
That would mean Ferguson would be without his skipper for the big derby date with champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on December 9, although his absence from the rest of the Champions League group games has been softened by the Reds' nine-point haul.
Vidic missed the last five months of last season with cruciate ligament damage but this latest problem is not related.
United have been hampered by defensive injuries this season with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones also currently on the sidelines.