Fergie has cover for Valencia
Sir Alex Ferguson insists Man Utd have sufficient cover for injured winger Antonio Valencia.
Last Updated: 17/09/10 11:31am
Sir Alex Ferguson admits injured Antonio Valencia will be a significant loss to Manchester United, but insists the club have sufficient cover for the winger.
Valencia faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a horrendous injury in United's goalless draw with Rangers in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The former Wigan winger underwent surgery on a dislocated ankle and is not expected to return for a number of months, although Ferguson suggested the Ecuador international could be back by February.
While the Red Devils boss accepts the 25-year-old will be missed while he is on the treatment table, the Scot maintains he has ample replacements in his ranks.
"Antonio had a great season last year," said Ferguson, whose side host Liverpool on Sunday.
"He was a great signing for us. He is a young player who has been improving all the time.
"It is a blow losing good players but in the context of the kind of squad we have, we should be able to cope with it.
"You always fear when you have a good player out of your team it is going to be a loss.
"But having players like Nani, Ryan Giggs and Park Ji-sung, plus Gabriel Obertan and Bebe means we have options."
Ferguson believes a positive mindset will benefit Valencia as he begins the long fight for fitness.
That was never better exemplified than by Alan Smith, who suffered similar misfortune during an FA Cup tie at Liverpool in 2006, but whose mental toughness astounded even Ferguson.
"There is a mental part to it," he said.
"Take the example of Alan Smith. When Alan got his bad injury in that cup tie against Liverpool, he was so positive.
"He sat in that treatment room at Anfield so nonchalant and relaxed about it.
"Yet you look at his ankle and think 'God almighty'. That attitude definitely helped him."