Alex Ferguson may miss the start of next season

The 71-year-old Manchester United manager will undergo a hip operation at the end of July and it would require a rapid recovery in order for him to be back in charge for the Community Shield at Wembley on August 11.

updated: May 04, 2013 18:29 IST
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London: Alex Ferguson could miss the start of next season as he is to undergo a hip operation, sources at Manchester United have confirmed.

The 71-year-old manager is booked in for surgery immediately after the club return from a three-week pre-season tour at the end of July.

Ferguson will take his summer break before travelling with his players to Thailand, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong before the operation.

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