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Antonio Valencia Provides Injury Update Having Come Off Against West Brom

The Manchester United stalwart was called ashore on the 66th minute mark in today’s 2-1 win over West Brom.

Antonio Valencia has truly embraced the leader role in an ever changing United team.

Michael Carrick was handed the captain’s armband once Wayne Rooney departed in the summer. Carrick’s health concerns have meant that Valencia has been tasked with being the senior representative in the side.

Despite his importance in that regard, his presence remains crucial at this time of year given that defensive partner Eric Bailly will be out of action until at least March. Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out until the new year.

It was therefore worrying when Valencia pointed to his hamstring today at the Hawthorns, immediately having to come off to be replaced by Marcos Rojo. When Paul Pogba suffered an injury to the same area in September, the midfielder spent the bones of two months on the sidelines.

 

Jose Mourinho was unable to assess the situation fully post-match, terming the issue a “December injury”.

Per the man himself, however, the substitution appears to have been precautionary, with the Ecuadorian feeling “fine” after the injury scare.

Matteo Darmian may tog out for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Bristol City as a further safety measure, but Valencia should be well placed to grind out the congested Christmas period.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.