Antonio Valencia suffered a horrific leg break in the 0-0 draw between Manchester United and Rangers at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening. The Ecuadorian winger was stretchered off after going down after a challenge from Rangers’ defender Kirk Broadfoot midway through the second half. Valencia was taken to hospital where they will be running further tests. Valencia has featured in four matches so far this season (including the Community shield against Chelsea) but he now faces a long and lengthy spell on the sidelines whilst he recovers from this break.
Valencia, who signed from Wigan in 2009 for a reported £18Million, has suffered a suspected fracture and dislocation. Sir Alex Ferguson, who has come under fire for his understrength team selection, confirmed earlier:
“It looks like a dislocation and a fracture and will keep him out for a long time. He seemed to dig his toe into the turf, and as soon as we saw the Rangers player waving we knew it was a bad one, and it’s turned into a bad one.”
Rangers defended exceptionally against United all evening and a United side, that saw ten changes from the 3-3 draw with Everton at the weekend, lacked creativity to try and break down Rangers 5-4-1 formation. For more reaction to the result read the Manchester United 0-0 Rangers match report by Yolkie.