Antonio Valencia has vowed to come back stronger after undergoing surgery on a fractured arm this weekend.
The Ecuadorian injured his arm in the 1-0 win over Manchester City and is expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks which comes at a cruel time for a player who really was cementing himself as one of our most improved players under Jose Mourinho.
It’s not the first time Valencia has had to deal with a major injury but this one is less than two months out of action and he’ll be back in contention before the December fixture pile-up is over.
He sent this message to fans via his official Instagram page: “Now thinking only in recovery. I want to come back soon and help my team. I’ll come back stronger and always optimistic.”
I’ve been against Valencia playing at right-back for the last few seasons but under Mourinho he has been so more disciplined that it’s made me re-think whether he is a viable option for that position. Take his performances against Liverpool and Man City as two examples of big games in which he’s played very well.
For Valencia, it’s a cruel injury during a period of excellent form but as it is an arm fracture it should mean he can stay active and train during that time. So, here’s hoping he can come back and find the same level of form relatively quickly.