Manchester United right-back Antonio Valencia will have to spend six weeks on the sideline after the Equador international went through a hand operation. The 31-year-old fractured his hand in the Manchester derby, midweek.
United manager Jose Mourinho will not be able to select Valencia for quite a few games, heading into the busy fixture schedule of the winter. The former Wigan Athletic man will also miss a couple of World Cup qualifier games for his country, according to The Sun.
“The right-back has been in outstanding form of late and his absence is a blow as he is to undergo an operation to fix the problem on Saturday.” The official website of Manchester United reported.
Valencia is one of the few successes under Mourinho this season and his absence will be a huge blow for United. With limited options at the right-back position, Mourinho will now have to dig deep to organize his already shaky defense.
Matteo Darmian and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are Mourinho’s next available choices for the right-back position. Darmian has been rarely selected by the Portuguese since taking over as the Red Devils manager, while Fosu-Mensah doesn’t have the experience of regularly starting in the first-team.
It will be interesting to see how United copes with Valencia’s loss. It has to be noted that Eric Bailly, a reliable center-back has also been sidelined for long-term owing to a knee ligament injury.
It is unlikely that Valencia will return before the middle of December, this year.
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