Video: Antonio Valencia back in the gym ahead of potential Arsenal return

by Leo Nieboer

Antonio Valencia has been working hard in the gym ahead of a possible return against Arsenal on Saturday.

The Ecuadorian underwent arm surgery prior to Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Burnley in late October.

The set-back was supposed to sideline the 31-year-old, who had featured in every Premier League game under Jose Mourinho before his injury, for approximately six weeks.

However, Valencia could make a surprise return after a video emerged of the Ecuadorian – with a light cast on his arm – putting in the hard yards in the gym.

Valencia has been a quietly unmovable and fundamental aspect of Jose Mourinho‘s side this season. Even amid the humiliation at Stamford Bridge in October he was there, powerfully bursting forward and causing problems. This is a welcome – and indeed rare – trait that remains from the Fergie era: complete and utter dedication to the cause every week, regardless of context.

His presence on the right hand side against Arsenal on Saturday, especially with both Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez set to feature, could be crucial when it comes to thwarting the visitors’ momentum, as well as making inroads down the flank.

United fans, with this in mind, will be desperate to see Valencia feature.

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