Nemanja Vidic: Injuries are behind me
Nemanja Vidic believes he can put 18 months of injury problems behind him and play a full role in Manchester United’s defence of their Premier League title.
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The United skipper was limited to six league appearances in the 2011-12 season, when his campaign was curtailed by a cruciate ligament injury suffered during the Champions League defeat to Basel in December 2011.
And he required a further operation on his knee last season, when he only began 18 of United’s league games, before missing the club’s pre-season tour of Asia and Australia because of sciatica.
"I had a few injuries, especially the knee injury," Vidic told British national newspapers.
"The sciatica was not a big problem but it was better for me to stay and train with the reserves. I've not had a pre-season for a couple of years and I was training really well with the reserves. I had two 90-minute games and I think I'm ready."
He added: "I never like to make big promises but I believe I am fit. I am sure of how fit I am. I feel really good. Now it's all behind me, one and a-half years after my [first] operation and I'm ready to go.
"Vidic turns 32 in October and has entered the final year of his current contract at Old Trafford.
He is yet to be offered a new deal -- and precedent suggests, given his age, it would be a one-year extension anyway -- but insisted he is not worried by that.
He said: "I'm not expecting anything, I'm just trying to perform as best I can and along the way we will see where I am and what the plans are. I am not worried."