Calf injury sidelines Vidic

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Manchester United have confirmed that key defender Nemanja Vidic will miss the start of the season after suffering a calf injury.

The Serbian international will miss this weekend’s Community Shield against Chelsea as well as the league opener when Birmingham City visit Old Trafford.

The news is a further blow to a back line that is already without Wes Brown, Gary Neville and goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar.

“Neither Wes or Nemanja have long-term injuries,” said manager Sir Alex Ferguson. “I would expect Wes to be fit for the game a week on Sunday.

“As for Vidic he pulled his calf in the warm-up in Munich (against Bayern Munich) and is two weeks away.

“Gary is doing a little bit of training and coming on fine but I do not think he will make Sunday.”

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