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 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."

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