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Nemanja Vidic is likely to miss Saturday's Barclays Premier League title showdown with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Manchester United defender received hospital treatment for a stomach problem on Tuesday and was forced out of his side's goalless draw with Barcelona on Wednesday night.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Vidic had a stomach infection and is unlikely to return against Chelsea.

"He was 24, 36 hours without eating," said the United manager.

"He had some soup this afternoon, but wasn't ready to play. I don't think he'll be ready for Saturday, that's the situation, it's a stomach infection, (although) we don't know what kind of infection it is.

Ferguson added: "Yesterday before training, he had very severe stomach pains, so we sent him off to a hospital only about a mile away.

"We felt that was the best place for him to go. He was kept in until late at night and then they let him go."
 

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Bad to see such a class defender out but we dealt very well with Barcelona's firepower so I have faith we can do it against a free-scoring Chelski side!
 

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If missing Saturday's game guarantees his fitness for Tuesday then I don't mid tbh. Chelsea have really not been playing well recently. Drogba has had a poor season and Anelka hasn't made as big an impact as I thought he would. We only need a draw and I'm reasonably confident of getting it.
 

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Lampard Will miss United Clash.
Lampard To Miss United Clash After Mother's Death
Frank Lampard's mother has passed away after a brief battle with pneumonia, meaning that the Chelsea midfielder will most likely miss this weekend's Premier League meeting with Manchester United...

The England midfielder's mother passed away after ten days of suffering with pneumonia, and Lampard is thus expected to sit out the visit of the Red Devils at the weekend.

The player took part in the 1-1 draw at Anfield midweek, but admitted to feeling distracted due to his family circumstances.

Nonetheless, he felt that playing against Liverpool was the correct decision.

He said, "She follows me up and down the country so, knowing her, she would've had a right go at me for not playing this game.

"So that was in the back of my mind."

Lampard revealed that when his mother's condition took a turn for the worse last week, he felt that he was embroiled in the most difficult moment of his life.

Although she staged a recovery, things rapidly deteriorated once again, until she tragically passed away.
http://www.goal.com/en/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=671050
 

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i really want pique to start.....he has been solid this season in the games he has played.....and i hop he stays at united....he really is class..he just havent had the opprtunities...i dont want us to regret selling him like we did with rossi....... :(
he can really be class and hopefully he will stay for one more year with us
 

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bad news for United....i think Pique will be used again..it's gonna be hard with the unnexperienced player...in such an important game..but pique is a good player and we all hope he'll make a good impact on the game
 

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We need Vidic..I think we can get a result without him like we did vs Arsenal but it obviously would be much better if we have him because he and Rio then for sure will keep a clean sheet imo...I am confident in our squad depth to do the job if he can't make it but I really do think he will play since its not a football related injury..
 

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Vidic Hands United Welcome Boost Source Goal.com

Manchester United will receive a boost as Nemanja Vidic is set return to the side for their Premier League clash against title rivals Chelsea this weekend.

The Serbian's return to central defence could scarcely be more welcome as the Red Devils prepare for a season-defining pair of fixtures: their trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona at Old Trafford.

Vidic missed United's goalless draw at Camp Nou on Wednesday after being admitted to hospital with a stomach infection, but the club insist he will be available for both their crucial league fixture against the Blues this weekend and their second leg against Barca.

Sir Alex Ferguson was initially doubtful as to whether Vidic would be fit to play, as the former Spartak Moscow player had managed to eat only a bowl of soup in the 36 hours prior to kick-off at Camp Nou.

But the 26-year-old is set to be reinstated beside Rio Ferdinand as the Red Devils attempt to break Chelsea's home unbeaten run, a feat which would all but clinch the Premier League title for United.

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Nemanja Vidic Bolsters United's Bid To Seal Crown At Stamford Bridge



Manchester United received a welcome boost last night with the news that Nemanja Vidic is expected to be fit to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow lunchtime as the club prepare for the first of two matches in four days that will define their season.

Vidic missed United’s goalless draw in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday after being admitted to hospital with a stomach infection, but the club are confident that he will be available to play in the potential title decider against Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League and the return leg against the Catalan giants at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The Serbian central defender had eaten only a bowl of soup in the 36 hours leading up to the match against Barcelona and Sir Alex Ferguson had initially cast doubt about his prospects of recovering for the trip to Stamford Bridge, where United will all but retain their league crown if they secure the three points, but he should be restored alongside Rio Ferdinand tomorrow.

Victory would leave Ferguson’s team six points clear of Chelsea with two matches remaining, although United’s vastly superior goal difference is tantamount to an additional point.

Ferguson, nonetheless, is expecting a tough test — Chelsea have not lost at home in 101 domestic matches, excluding a Carling Cup third-round penalty shoot-out defeat by Charlton Athletic in October 2005 — and believes that Avram Grant’s team will be fired up after earning a dramatic 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield in their Champions League semi-final, first leg on Tuesday, courtesy of John Arne Riise’s own goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

With United also holding the initiative over Barcelona, Ferguson can envisage a final against Chelsea in Moscow on May 21, although the league remains his immediate priority. “As far as the second leg is concerned, there is no doubt Chelsea’s morale will have been boosted,” the United manager said. “They have a marvellous chance of getting to Moscow after that away goal. It is still an even game and a tight one to call.”

The same applies to United’s match against Barcelona, in which they require victory to ensure their progress to a first Champions League final for nine years, but Ferguson is optimistic. “Old Trafford will be a cauldron,” he said. “All we have to do is win the match — we won’t disappoint.”

Most eyes at the Nou Camp were on Cristiano Ronaldo, whose third-minute penalty miss provided a rare blemish during a season in which he has plundered 38 goals, but while Ferguson may have been dismayed to hear the Portugal winger reiterating his desire “one day” to play in Spain, the manager will have been impressed with his desire to atone. “If I get another penalty in Manchester, I’ll score,” Ronaldo said. “In Manchester, you’ll see a different performance, but first it’s very important that we win against Chelsea.”

Ronaldo received the backing of his team-mates, who are expecting him to bounce back. “You can forgive him that miss because he’s had such a great season and has been there when we needed him,” Ferdinand said.

Benfica are expected to step up their attempts to appoint Carlos Queiroz, the United assistant manager, as the club’s coach in the coming weeks. United are continuing to monitor the situation of Philipp Lahm after contract talks broke down between the Germany left back and Bayern Munich.
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Ive heard it gastro interites i dont know if ive spelt that right but if he has had that he will be very dehidrated did i spell that right lol!!! so he wont be playing
 

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Ive heard it gastro interites i dont know if ive spelt that right but if he has had that he will be very dehidrated did i spell that right lol!!! so he wont be playing
You do meant 'gastroenteritis' & 'dehydrated' right? :D
 
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