Manchester United Football Club have been better over the last couple of games. Jose Mourinho’s men beat Newcastle United in a 3-2 thriller, then the Red Devils backed that up with an excellent performance against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
During those games, though, Antonio Valencia was missing. The man from Ecuador has been the first-choice right-back under the self-proclaimed Special One, however, he wasn’t in the squad and no reason was given for his absence.
Now we know what the problem was. Mourinho met the media before the Juventus clash and confirmed that Valencia wasn’t training for the better part of a fortnight due to undergoing a complicated surgery on his mouth…
The reason is he was 10 days without training with a problem,Mourinho told reporters, including ManUtd.com.“Not an injury but a problem that he had very complicated surgery on his mouth.
”And 10 days without training meant he needed a little bit of time to recover some level after that.”
Well, I’ve seen some odd injuries in my time but this is right up there… I guess we’ll never know what on earth he needed surgery for, but I can’t imagine he’ll be sidelined for too much longer…
Then again, you have to say that Ashley Young has been excellent in the right-back slot – particularly last time out as he kept the brilliant Eden Hazard quiet for the most part.
Hopefully, Valencia is back and feeling fighting fit in the not too distant future. Even if he isn’t starting every game, at least it gives the manager another option to choose from.