Manchester United winger Antonia Valencia is set to miss most of the season following the horrific injury he sustained while playing for United in the Champions League against Rangers. The Ecuadorian suffered a broken ankle along with ankle ligament damage after a challenge from Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot.
Valencia underwent surgery to repair his broken ankle on Wednesday and contrary to reports from Ecudor’s team doctor, is remaining upbeat over his recovery. The injury is similar in nature to the one suffered by Alan Smith during his days at Old Trafford. The midfielder broke his leg and dislocated his ankle playing against Liverpool in an FA Cup tie back in 2006.
Smith recovered from his injury after 7 months and has returned to good form playing for Newcastle United. Manchester United fans will be hoping that the same will be true of Valencia as he looks to bounce back from such a devastating injury.
The injury comes as a serious blow to Valencia as he has quietly become an outstanding performer for United. He joined the Red Devils from Wigan in 2009, replacing the departed Cristiano Ronaldo. His debut season was a success at Old Trafford, producing numerous assists for Wayne Rooney from the right wing. Valencia was looking like continuing his impressive form into this season before he suffered his injury. He started four times for United this season, scoring the opening goal in United 3-1 victory in the Community Shield against Chelsea.
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