Reports claim the Ecuador international faces a lengthy spell out – but Man Utd say there is no timescale on his return
Antonio Valencia could be out of action for five months – according to reports.
The Manchester United winger underwent surgery on his foot this week following an injury sustained in last month’s derby.
United insist ‘no timescale has yet been placed on his return’ after the 30-year-old Tweeted pictures of his leg in bandages from his hospital bed on Tuesday night.
Valencia initially played on after suffering the injury in the goalless draw with Manchester City.
The Sun claim he damaged the bone above his left foot and may have caused further damage by not coming off immediately.
Valencia has not played since and did not reveal any targets for his comeback when Tweeting after his surgery.
“Thank God came out well from the operation. Now think about my recovery.”
Van Gaal said at the time of his injury: “He had a kick on his foot in the first half and then I let Darmian warm up on the touchline.
“But then he played further. However, at the end, he could not continue.”
Valencia has been converted from winger to a right back under the Dutchman – and his prolonged absence places further strain on Louis van Gaal’s defence.