Man United defender ruled out for five months despite successful surgery

Manchester United have been hit with a huge blow amid speculation that Antonio Valencia could miss up to five months of football following his foot surgery, according to the Sun, as reported by the Metro.

The 30-year-old picked up his knock during the 0-0 draw with Manchester City late last month as he could now miss the majority of the current campaign.

Despite being a natural winger, manager Louis van Gaal has turned him into a right-back, a position he now shares with summer signing Matteo Darmian.

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United have struggled with injuries at the full-back positions after also losing Luke Shaw for an extended period given that he suffered a double leg break earlier in the season.

The Ecuador international was forced to undergo surgery in order to repair a bone in his foot as Van Gaal’s options are getting rather limited.

Valencia only made two starts and four substitute appearances in the Premier League this term (, but is now said to be out until at least April.