Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic will miss the start of the Premier League season after undergoing surgery, according to manager Jose Mourinho.
Matic joined up with the United squad in the U.S. on July 22, but he was unable to feature against AC Milan or Liverpool in their two most recent pre-season friendlies.
After the game against their heated rivals, Mourinho told Joe Ganley of the club’s official website:
“Matic arrived from the World Cup, holiday, direct to surgery because something happened in the [FIFA] World Cup.
“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.”
Reports states the Serbia international was suffering from an abdominal issue, and having had surgery, he has returned to England to focus on his recovery.