Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic will recover from his knee ligament injury that will see him miss the remainder of the season, according to his agent
The Serbian centre-back suffered the blow during United Champions League defeat to FC Basel, a loss that saw them crash out of Europe's Premier club competition.
The severity of the injury means Vidic could be out for much of the upcoming year, leading to fears that the 30-year-old may be forced to retire.
“The first forecasts say it can last for a year, but it is meaningless to talk about the end of his career,” the player's agent Silvana Martina said.
“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.”
In Vidic's injury has been compounded by the loss through injury of Phil Jones, Rafael, Fabio, and Jonny Evans, leaving United are the bare bones at the back.
Winger Antonio Valencia and midfielder Michael Carrick have both been forced to step in of late, both featuring in a back-fur that kept a clean sheet in the defeat over Wigan Athletic.