Manchester United [ Images ] defender Nemanja Vidic [ Images ] will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his cruciate knee ligament in the Champions League [ Images ] defeat by Basel, manager Alex Ferguson [ Images ] said on Friday.
"We thought it was a bad one," Ferguson told a news conference. "He's out for the season. It's not unexpected but it's still bad news.
"He'll see a specialist on Monday to work out the progress of when he has the operation. It won't be immediate as we have to let the swelling come down."
The Serbia centre-back was carried off on a stretcher during the 2-1 loss in Switzerland [ Images ] on Wednesday which sent United out of the Champions League at the group stage.
Vidic left the stadium on crutches and his agent said on Thursday the defender had "suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament".