Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Nemanja Matic will miss the start of the Premier League season after undergoing surgery.
The midfielder sustained an abdominal injury during the World Cup, as Serbia were knocked out in the group stages.
And Mourinho has now revealed that Matic has been forced to go under the knife, meaning he faces a prolonged spell on the sidelines.
“Matic arrived from the World Cup, holiday, direct to surgery because something happened in the World Cup,” Mourinho told the club’s official website.
“He has had surgery. He is out for the start of the season. He came from the World Cup with the injury and the time he had to rest on holiday was not enough to resolve the problem. “I don’t know how long he will be out for.”
United were beaten 4-1 by LIverpool in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, and Mourinho has bemoaned the thin nature of his current squad.