Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia is poised for a shock return to action.
The Ecuadorian international suffered a horrific injury for Manchester United playing in the Champions League against Rangers last year, and was thought to be out for the remainder of the season.
However, reports coming out of Old Trafford suggest the player could make a reserve team return, with suggestions that a fixture within the fortnight has been earmarked for the Manchester United player.
Should Valencia come through the clash successfully, Vital Manchester United claim that the FA Cup 5th round tie against Crawley Town could be the match that Valencia makes his first team return.
Signed for £16 million from Wigan Athletic, the winger made a promising start to his career with the Red Devils after joining in the summer of 2009.
A regular for Manchester United with 49 appearances in all competitions in his first season, Valencia started the current campaign as the club’s first choice right winger before breaking his ankle in September.
February was always thought to be the earliest that Valencia would be able to return to training, but it appears the player is ahead of schedule and his hard work could lead to a quicker return than anticipated.
Were Valencia to play again for Manchester United this season, it would be a huge credit to the medical team at Old Trafford and the player himself for working towards a quicker return.