Speaking at the pre match press conference this morning, Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that Antonio Valencia is doubtful to play against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend after picking up an ankle injury against Liverpool.
He said: “Antonio Valencia is doubtful.
“He got a knock, first of all, when he went into the tackle with [Daniel] Agger and [Glen] Johnson before he broke clear and got brought down.
“He got an ankle injury there. But, if he’s not okay for tomorrow, he should be okay for Tuesday [against Cluj].”
Sir Alex certainly won’t risk playing Valencia if he has a minor injury.
It comes as a blow for United as Antonio Valencia has been imperious down the wing for us. His final ball has certainly been lacking so far this season but his power, pace and presence have been one of the most important parts of our attack.
The good news is that Wayne Rooney should make a return to the side and with Kagawa, van Persie and Nani all fit as well, we have suitable cover for Valencia and will still have a very strong side for Tottenham.
Sir Alex also confirmed that Scott Wootton will be involved in the match tomorrow after impressing midweek in the Capital One Cup match against Newcastle United.
He said: “On Wednesday, we played two young boys and they did very well.
“Scott Wootton reads the game well, passes the ball well and, having seen him in a situation against very experienced players, he did very well.
“That’s a bonus for us and he’ll be involved in the game tomorrow.”
The timing of Scott Wootton’s great performance couldn’t of been any better with Ferdinand and Evans being our only two fit centre backs. Whilst I doubt he will start, it is great that we have the cover.
One final piece of good news from the conference is that Chris Smalling should be fit to return after the upcoming international break.
Sir Alex said: “We had bad news earlier in the week about Nemanja. It’s a blow.
“We’re having a terrible time with defenders at the moment. Hopefully, we get through the next three games and the international break comes along.
“By that time, we should have Chris Smalling back.”