Picking up an injury during the World Cup, Nemanja Matic underwent surgery in his offseason to sort the issue out, meaning he missed out on Manchester United’s first two games of the season.
Returning against Tottenham in a 3-0 defeat, in which he played 61 minutes, the defensive midfielder then featured for the full 90 minutes in the 2-0 win against Burnley.
Following that, he played 82 minutes for his country against Lithuania, before coming on for 19 minutes on Monday night against Romania.
Normally not one to complain, the amount of minutes he’s accumulated over the past couple of weeks appear to be taking their toll on the Manchester United star, as he admitted he probably shouldn’t have played in the last game.
The 30-year-old was quoted by Novosti as saying: “I was personally not ready, I had an operation.”
This appears to have been backed up by Blic, who stated the Serbia manager, Mladen Krstajic, said the midfielder ‘complained of an injury’ prior to the game, and therefore ‘saved him’ against Romania, even if he did send him on for the final quarter of the game.
Does this mean both Manchester United and Serbia rushed him back from his recovery time?