Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has suffered an ankle injury on international duty for Ecuador in the Copa America. The 25-year-old spent six months on the sidelines after breaking and dislocating his left ankle last season, and it has been revealed that a recurrence of the injury was feared after he was replaced at half time in his country’s 0-0 draw with Paraguay.
The knock means that the former Wigan player will miss the next game in the tournament against Venezuela but could be fit for the clash against Brazil.
“[His opponent] stepped on his foot and very nearly fractured it again,” Ecuador’s team doctor, Tony Ocampo, is reported to have said in The Guardian.
“He has a bruise on the spot where he has a titanium plate, he couldn’t put his weight on his foot, but the swelling has gone down about 40% since Sunday. He won’t make it for Saturday [against Venezuela] but he’ll be there for Brazil [on 13 July],” the medical staff member stated.
The injury will come as concern to Sir Alex Ferguson, who will hope his player comes back from South America fit and raring to go for pre-season.