Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic will miss the start of the Premier League season after undergoing surgery.
Matic sustained an abdominal injury during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, as Serbia were knocked out in the group stages.
United manger Jose Mourinho revealed that Matic has been forced to go under the knife, meaning he faces a prolonged spell on the sidelines.
“Matic arrived from the World Cup, holiday, direct to surgery because something happened in the World Cup,” Mourinho told the club’s official website.
“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.”
United face Leicester City in their first match of the Premier League season on August 10.