Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Injury Setback Sees Captain Benched until Next Month

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Injury Setback Sees Captain Benched until Next Month

Article excerpt

ANTONIO Valencia will not be available for United until late March after suffering another injury setback.

The Red skipper, 33, has featured once under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and started one Premier League match in the past four months as he approaches the last four months of his United contract.

The Ecuador international's deal expires at the end of June and Valencia is resigned to leaving United in the summer. United have the option of an additional year on his contract but must trigger that in March.

Ashley Young has firmly established himself as United's firstchoice right-back and the club signed Diogo Dalot for £19m in the summer.

Although Matteo Darmian is expected to leave in the close season, United are in the market for a fullback and Valencia is also set to depart.

"Valencia is a bit off because he did his calf again," Solskjaer said. …

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