Valencia surgery a success

United winger starts out on the long road to recovery

By Chris Burton   Last updated: 16th September 2010   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Valencia surgery a success

Valencia: Horror ankle injury

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.

United spokesperson on Antonio Valencia's ankle injury
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Antonio Valencia has undergone a successful operation on his ankle, but will miss 'a good portion of the season'.

The Manchester United winger sustained an horrific injury while on UEFA Champions League duty against Rangers on Tuesday.

It was immediately clear that he would be sidelined for a prolonged period of time, with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admitting that he expected the Ecuador international to miss the remainder of the 2010/11 campaign.

United have confirmed that Valencia has suffered 'significant ligament damage' but are confident surgery has now put him on the road to recovery.

It is difficult to tell at this stage how long the 25-year-old will be sidelined for, but a return by the end of the season has not been completely ruled out.

Having fractured and dislocated his left ankle he faces a lengthy period of rehabilitation, but United claim the player is in good spirits and is looking forward to getting back out on the field as soon as possible.

Determined

"The operation went well," a club spokesperson told United's official website.

"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."

Quotes attributed to Ecuador national team doctor Patricio Maldonado were released on Wednesday, with the South American medic claiming Valencia could be back inside five to six months.

It was also suggested that Valencia would require psychological counseling to help him through a traumatic time.

United, though, insist they have had no contact with the Ecuadorians and are adamant that Valencia remains in a 'positive' mood.

"Contrary to recent reports there has been no official contact from the Ecuadorian national team. Antonio is perfectly fine, very positive and very determined," added the club's spokesperson.

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Homzie D (Manchester United fan) says...

Great news! So delighted for Antonio who really has settled in at United and we have taken to him. He is a quality player who had a good first season. This is a long road to rehabilitation and will be hard but, he will recover soon and will be back strong next season. Get well soon.

Posted 14:08 16th September 2010

Abubaker Athman (Manchester United fan) says...

Very sorry for Antonio and wish him quick recovery.Abubaker

Posted 13:40 16th September 2010

Geraint Starr (Manchester United fan) says...

It¿s great news that the operation went well. Putting sporting rivalry aside no one wants to see a footballer of any team or any sportsman for that matter suffering injuries that threaten their careers. I wish the lad well as I do those other players who suffered well documented injuries and are now thankfully on the road to recovery.

Posted 13:38 16th September 2010

Pratik Gajjar (Manchester United fan) says...

Oh that''s great to hear. I''d expect him to be back around February-March. Get well soon Valencia!

Posted 12:10 16th September 2010

Chris Kelly (Arsenal fan) says...

I would just like to wish Valencia a speedy recovery. Absolutely horrible seeing players suffer such horrific injuries, and I would just like to wish you all the best in what will be a long and successful career.

Posted 11:32 16th September 2010

Richard Hoit (Arsenal fan) says...

Excellent news, really glad the operation was a success. All the best Antonio.

Posted 11:22 16th September 2010

Tom Gale (Arsenal fan) says...

Glad the surgery went well, it was a horrible injury. Get well soon!

Posted 11:09 16th September 2010

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