Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Matic's Surgery Rules Him out of Beginning of Season

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Matic's Surgery Rules Him out of Beginning of Season

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UNITED midfielder Nemanja Matic has undergone surgery and will be out for the start of the Premier League season.

The 29-year-old linked up with the United squad in Los Angeles last week and the club claimed he completed a 'full training session'.

However, Matic was not present for the draw with AC Milan in Carson City on Wednesday and flew to Philadelphia to see a specialist.

Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling also sat out the 4-1 thrashing by Liverpool in Ann Arbor yesterday while Eric Bailly played with an injury. Mourinho did not specify Matic's injury and did not know when Smalling and Shaw would be available.

"Smalling? I've no idea," Mourinho said. "Shaw? I've no idea. Matic had a surgery. Yes, of course [he is out for the start of the season].

"I don't know," Mourinho replied when asked when Matic would return. "He came from the World Cup with an injury and the time he had to rest in the holiday was not enough to resolve the problem.

"And he went to Philadelphia for a top world specialist in relation to these kind of injuries and he didn't leave the clinic, he had immediate surgery not to lose more time. …

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