Manchester United right-back Antonio Valencia has confirmed that he suffered a fractured arm in the recent League Cup victory over rivals Manchester City.
The Ecuador international took to Twitter to deliver an update on the injury and assure fans that he will be doing his utmost to return quickly to help the team.
Now thinking only in recovery. I want to come back soon and help my team.
I’ll come back stronger and always optimistic. pic.twitter.com/FZ8HTzCFhx
— Antonio Valencia (@anto_v25) October 30, 2016
The Sun reported on Sunday that Valencia will be sidelined until mid-December after undergoing surgery.
The 31-year-old missed the 0-0 draw with Burnley on Saturday and is the latest in a long line of injury problems at Old Trafford.
Eric Bailly is unlikely to feature again before Christmas after picking up a knee problem in the 4-0 defeat at Chelsea in October, whilst Chris Smalling, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have all struggled for fitness in recent weeks.
Phil Jones has yet to appear for United this season and with Valencia now added to this list, manager Jose Mourinho is facing something of a selection crisis.
Matteo Darmian deputised for the former Wigan Athletic man for the game against the Clarets and will now be hoping to secure a more-regular starting berth.
However, United fans will be ruing the injury to Valencia, who has been a rare bright spot in an otherwise difficult start to the new campaign.