Vidic quit fears denied as Serb”s agent insists Man United skipper will come back stronger
Nemanja Vidic”s agent has dismissed worries that the Manchester United captain’s career could be jeopardised by the serious knee injury he suffered in Basle at the start of the month.
Vidic is expected to have surgery later this week and could be out for up to a year after rupturing three major ligaments in his right knee.
It has raised concerns that he may struggle to return to his best at the age of 30, but the Serb’s agent Silvana Martina insisted: ‘The first forecasts say it can last for a year, but it is meaningless to talk about the end of his career.
Crocked: Vidic injured his knee in the defeat to Basle (above)
‘It’s a serious injury but club doctors assure us that the recovery will run smoothly and he will be back on the field. It will take time to get back into the old rhythm, but there is no doubt that Vidic will be his old self again.
‘Nemanja is feeling good. He will be back next year stronger and better.’
Vidic’s team-mate Antonio Valencia has warned United’s rivals that the hurt and humiliation of their Champions League exit in Basle has given them greater hunger to achieve their other targets.
The Premier League champions have responded with four straight wins to erase a five-point lead for Manchester City at the top of the table, scoring 16 goals in the process.
Valencia has started each of those games after an ankle injury and the 16million summer signing of Ashley Young contributed to a slow start for the Ecuador winger.
Driven: Valencia insists exiting the Champions League has inspired United
Now he claims the renewed determination in Ferguson’s squad has been evident in training.
Valencia said: ‘The biggest blow is the Champions League because we’re a big club and expected to be fighting to win it, not just qualify from the group stages.
‘We reached the final last season and it hurts to go out, but we’re using that hurt.
‘The group now tries harder in training and we’re going into games with a determined attitude because we’ve got to win something, whether it is the Premier League, Europa League or FA Cup. We have to make sure we are involved in those trophies and we have a renewed focus.’