It is being reported that Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has picked up a ruptured cruciate ligament, which should keep him out for at least 6-9 months – ending his 2011/12 campaign. This news comes as a nightmare for United who will be playing Europa League football after coming third in Group C of the Champions League. When we thought it couldn’t get worse, it did.

You cannot explain how misfortunate we have been with injuries this season, but this will certainly hit us harder than the rest. Vidic serves the team as a leader, being the type of player that would put his head where you wouldn’t put your foot. His absence may even ruin our title chances giving City and even better reason to get giddy.

The comments below were released on Thursday by his agent Silvano Martina, but some fans are still waiting on news directly from the club. Sir Alex Ferguson will give his scheduled press conference Friday morning, so we’re expecting a more reliable announcement from the boss. Martina, by the way, was being interviewed by an Italian football website (www.calciomercato.com), who were interested in talking about a possible move to Juventus.

“It seems inappropriate to talk about that, because unfortunately he has suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament.”

In response to a follow-up question asking if Vidic would be out for several months, his agent replied: “Unfortunately so, yes. So even if it was true [speculation surrounding Juve], right now there would be no sense in talking about it.”