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Valencia steeled for long-term United absence

Published: Thursday 16 September 2010, 12.21CET
Manchester United FC say winger Antonio Valencia will miss "a good portion of the season" following surgery on his dislocated and fractured left ankle suffered against Rangers FC.
Valencia steeled for long-term United absence
Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia had to be carried off at Old Trafford ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Thursday 16 September 2010, 12.21CET

Valencia steeled for long-term United absence

Manchester United FC say winger Antonio Valencia will miss "a good portion of the season" following surgery on his dislocated and fractured left ankle suffered against Rangers FC.

Manchester United FC winger Antonio Valencia will miss "a good portion of the season" after dislocating and fracturing his left ankle in Tuesday's 0-0 UEFA Champions League draw against Rangers FC.

The Ecuadorean international, 25, went down after an innocuous tackle by Kirk Broadfoot just past the hour mark at Old Trafford and both sets of players immediately signalled for the stretcher. He has undergone surgery and a club spokesperson told ManUtd.com: "The operation went well.

"A plate has been inserted to stabilise the fracture but there is obvious significant ligament damage that follows a dislocation and he will be out for a good portion of the season. Antonio is perfectly fine, very positive and very determined."

United drew their Group C opener 0-0 and next visit Valencia CF on 29 September. Before that they have an important Premier League match at home to Liverpool FC on Sunday.

Last updated: 16/09/10 21.49CET

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