Nemanja Matic has returned to Manchester United from international duty due to an injury, which ruled him out of Serbia’s upcoming matches against Montenegro and Romania.
The 30-year-old midfielder has made eight appearances across all competitions this season and most recently featured in the dramatic 3-2 comeback victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford.
Matic left for international duty after that win, but he has now returned to Manchester to complete his rehabilitation under the club’s guidance.
It remains to be seen how long Matic will be out for and whether or not he’ll miss our upcoming league fixture away to Chelsea, where he had two separate spells as a player under Jose Mourinho.
He is not the only United player to return early from international duty with a knock. Luke Shaw sustained a problem during the win over Newcastle, which has forced him to return early from the England camp.
Shaw had hoped to feature in the UEFA Nations League matches against World Cup finalists Croatia and Spain, but he will instead focus on his recovery in Manchester.
International Reds – THE DATES
THURSDAY 11 OCTOBER
Iraq v Argentina (Romero) 19:00 BST
Israel v Scotland (McTominay) 19:45 BST
Russia v Sweden (Lindelof) 19:45 BST
Wales v Spain (De Gea) 19:45 BST
France (Pogba) v Iceland 20:00 BST
FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER
Ivory Coast (Bailly) v Central African Republic 18:00 BST
Saudi Arabia v Brazil (Fred) 18:45 BST
Belgium (Fellaini, Lukaku) v Switzerland 19:45 BST
Croatia v England (Rashford) 19:45 BST
SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER
Peru v Chile (Alexis) 01:30 BST
SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER
Scotland (McTominay) v Portugal 17:00 BST
MONDAY 15 OCTOBER
Spain (De Gea) v England (Rashford) 19:45 BST
TUESDAY 16 OCTOBER
Central African Republic v Ivory Coast (Bailly) 15:00 BST
Brazil (Fred) v Argentina (Romero) 18:45 BST
Belgium (Fellaini, Lukaku) v Netherlands 19:45 BST
France (Pogba) v Germany 19:45 BST
Sweden (Lindelof) v Slovakia 19:45 BST
WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER
Mexico v Chile (Alexis) 02:30 BST