Manchester United are currently dealing with long-term injuries to Owen Hargreaves and Antonio Valencia, and there has been good news today in regard to both. While Hargreaves has been sidelined since September 2008 for all but a 93rd minute cameo against Sunderland in May 2010, Valencia recently suffered a broken leg against Rangers on Tuesday. It is now being reported that Hargreaves is closing in on a return and Valencia could be back in action by February.
There were many fans concerned that Hargreaves may never return to the pitch, but his surgeon, Dr. Richard Steadman, told BBC that the English midfielder is nearing playing fitness. When the club visited the United States for their preseason tour, Hargreaves returned to Colorado to undergo more treatment from Steadman. Of course the final decision remains with Sir Alex and the club’s staff, but this certainly a boost for both the club and and the player. While Hargreaves is ineligible for the group stage of the Champions League, he is capable of making his return in domestic competitions before January.
Valencia was initially thought to be ruled out for the remainder of the season, but following a successful surgery there is now a possibility that he may remain return as early as February. Following a horrific break of both his tibia and fibula and a dislocated ankle, the outlook for Valencia appeared grim, but it is possible that he will return yet this season.
Both of these comebacks will be hugely beneficial to the squad. Not only do both bring a fantastic amount of skill to the squad, but the injury to Valencia now leaves the midfield struggling a bit for depth. I expect that most, if not all fans, eagerly await the return of these two players and I look forward to hearing the rapturous applause both receive when they make their returns.
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