Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia ruled out for six weeks – report

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia has been ruled out for six weeks after a hand operation, according to reports.

He will miss plenty of games for Jose Mourinho’s side and has also been ruled out of Ecuador’s next two World Cup qualifiers.

Valencia needed surgery after playing through pain in the derby win against Manchester City, which is where he initially picked up the fracture.

Supporters were surprised to hear he had picked up an injury, after Man United confirmed his absence just moments before the Burnley clash.

It’s a massive blow for Man United, combined with Eric Bailly’s long-term injury, as he has been one our best performers of the season, kickstarting his career under Mourinho.

Under Louis van Gaal, he wouldn’t have even made it into the starting XI, but now he has pushed Matteo Darmian out of his natural position due to his spectacular form.

Mourinho will have to now rotate Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Darmian, and following the Italian’s impressive performance against Burnley, the Portuguese boss will be feeling confident, but it’ll be hard for anyone to fill Valencia’s shoes.

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