No plans for Antonio Valencia to have surgery, insists Sir Alex

Sir Alex Ferguson insists there are no plans to send in-form Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia for ankle surgery

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Antonio Valencia joined Manchester United from Wigan Athletic in 2009 Photo: Julia Novikova - Soccer.ru

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Sir Alex Ferguson has denied reports claiming Manchester United’s in-form Antonio Valencia will require surgery on his ankle, insisting the Ecuadorian midfielder is fully fit for the Premier League run-in.

It had been suggested that the 26-year-old asked United chiefs to postpone surgery on his right ankle until after Ecuador’s key World Cup qualification games against Argentina and Colombia in June.

However, Ferguson dismissed the reports at his weekly media briefing, insisting there are no plans for Valencia to undergo surgery.

“I don’t know where that story on his ankle has come from,” Ferguson said. “[An operation] has never been on the agenda or been discussed. He has a [metal] plate there but at the moment it stays there.”

Valencia joined Manchester United from Wigan Athletic in a reported £16m deal in 2009, and has been particularly impressive since Christmas.

The former Wigan midfielder scored United’s first at Ewood Park on Monday night, helping the Red Devils secure a late 2-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers.

“Antonio’s form has been unbelievable,” added Ferguson. “When you get players hitting form, their best form, at this time of year, it’s a bonus.”

Ferguson’s side can go eight points clear of title rivals Manchester City with victory over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, with Roberto Mancini’s side set to face Arsenal at The Emirates on Sunday.

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