Manchester United defender Gary Neville will be out of action for up to three months due to a recurrence of his foot injury.

The England international will undergo surgery on his left foot, the club said in a statement. Neville broke a bone in the same foot a year ago, forcing him out of last year’s World Cup finals.

“Gary Neville will undergo surgery today after experiencing discomfort in his left foot,” the statement said.

“Following a medical consultation it has been decided to remove the screw that remained in his foot from his previous fractured metatarsal.

“The operation will take place today and he will be out for two to three months. He will be back with Manchester United for pre-season training.”

Neville has been consigned to the substitutes bench in recent weeks as United continue their push for the Premmier League title. With two matches remaining Sir Alex Ferguson’s team hold a five point advantage over second placed Arsenal, although the Gunners have a game in hand.