Nemanja Vidic absent from Manchester United tour

Nemanja Vidic watches the match between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych on July 3, 2013
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Serbian centre-back Nemanja Vidic does not feature in Manchester United's pre-season tour squad.

Captain Nemanja Vidic has not been named in the Manchester United squad for the club's pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia.

There has been no official reason given as to why the Serbian has not been included, but he has struggled with a knee problem in recent months and rarely played back-to-back matches last season.

Meanwhile, Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa and goalkeeper David de Gea will link up with their teammates later in the tour having been given extra time off after international commitments.

For a similar reason, Javier Hernandez will not take part at all and will instead train at Carrington once his holiday period has concluded.

Man United's pre-season squad:

Goalkeepers: Anders Lindegaard, Ben Amos
Defenders: Rafael, Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Alex Buttner, Fabio, Michael Keane
Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Anderson, Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs, Wilfried Zaha, Jesse Lingard, Adnan Januzaj
Strikers: Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea during the Champions League clash with Real Madrid on March 5, 2013
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