Jose Mourinho confirms star Manchester United defender set for lengthy absence
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Antonio Valencia will be "out for a while" after having surgery on an arm fracture.
The Portuguese coach was speaking at his press conference in Turkey ahead of United's Europa League tie against Fenerbahce.
The Red Devils can move five points ahead of Dick Advocaat's side in Group A with a win in Istanbul.
A victory would furthermore see Mourinho's team almost book their place in the knockout stages of the competition.
However, Ecuadorian full-back Valencia is unlikely to play any more Europa League group minutes after the manager confirmed the defender is set for a long spell on the sidelines:
The 31-year-old had started every Premier League game under Mourinho before an injury sustained in the EFL Cup win over Manchester City ruled him out of the stalemate against Burnley on Saturday.
Valencia's surgery looks to have been successful but the nature of the injury will rule the right back out for some time:
Now thinking only in recovery. I want to come back soon and help my team.— Antonio Valencia (@anto_v25) October 30, 2016
I'll come back stronger and always optimistic. pic.twitter.com/FZ8HTzCFhx
United kick off against Fenerbahce at 6.00pm on Thursday evening.
The Red Devils squad for the match includes both Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Phil Jones.