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Nemanja Vidic not in the Manchester United squad for pre-season tour

Updated: Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 13:51 | Comments

Questions will inevitably be asked about Nemanja Vidic's fitness as he sits out United's tour
Questions will inevitably be asked about Nemanja Vidic's fitness as he sits out United's tour

Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic is a surprise absentee from the club's pre-season touring squad.

As anticipated, Robin van Persie and David de Gea both miss Saturday's opener in Bangkok after being given additional time off following their summer international commitments, although they are due to join up in Sydney.

And, just as David Moyes predicted, injury victims Chris Smalling (foot), Ashley Young (ankle) and Nani (broken nose) were also missing due to injury.

However, Vidic's non-appearance was not expected and there was no immediate explanation from the club. 

There was no hint of any problem on Friday when Vidic attended the official unveiling of David Moyes as Alex Ferguson's successor.

And while his absence may be connected to the treatment received by the Serbian on the chronic knee injury that ruled him out for virtually 12 months, any fresh problem would be a concern.

In addition to Van Persie and De Gea, Shinji Kagawa will also be a late arrival, linking up with his team-mates in Japan on 21 July after a rest following his country's Confederations Cup campaign.  

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