Man Utd Confirm Fresh Injury Blow As Star Ruled Out Following Surgery

By on October 29, 2016

Manchester United have been dealt another huge injury blow with the news that Antonio Valencia is facing a spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a fractured arm.

Valencia has been in excellent form for United so far this season with the versatile full-back becoming a key player for Jose Mourinho having made 11 appearances in all competitions.

However, the Ecuadorian international was left out of the Red Devils squad for this afternoon’s Premier League clash with Burnley and the club later confirmed on ManUtd.com that Valencia had suffered a fractured arm.

The 31-year-old is understood to have picked up the injury during United’s EFL Cup victory over Manchester City last Wednesday night and he underwent surgery to fix the issue on Saturday.

The news will come as a huge blow as the Red Devils recently lost Eric Bailly for two months with a knee ligament injury while Chris Smalling is also still on the sidelines, meaning Mourinho is without three of his regular back four.

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Matteo Darmian replaced Valencia at right-back against Burnley this afternoon, with Mourinho telling the clubs website ahead of the game:

“Antonio is having surgery today. He has a fracture in his arm. With Michael Carrick, the decision was to play with only two midfield players and also thinking about the next match against Fenerbahce [on Thursday].

“The problem for us is having injuries all in the same area with [Eric] Bailly, [Chris] Smalling and Valencia. They were the three players that start almost every match in the Premier League and now we have lost all three in the same period.

“But that’s football and it’s an opportunity for others to play. We trust Darmian and we trust Marcos Rojo to have a positive influence.”

It’s not known how long Valencia will be out for but it looks as though Darmian is now set for a run in the first team while youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah will also offer an option at right-back over the coming weeks.

United endured even more frustration on the pitch today as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Burnley at Old Trafford despite the hosts creating an incredible 37 attempts at goal.

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