Manchester United have been offered some solace after Nani’s injury blow, with the imminent return of Antonio Valencia.
The winger broke his left ankle in September during a Champions League tie with Scottish outfit Rangers, and United feared he would be out for the rest of the season.
“It is a bad blow for the boy. It is similar to the injury Alan Smith got and you are talking about the rest of the season", Sir Alex Ferguson told The Guardian at the time.
Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot recalled the moment when he tackled Valencia and the injury happened; “I just remember sliding in, getting up and looking round to see his bone sticking out”.
However, it appears Valencia has recovered quicker than expected, travelling with United to take on Liverpool in Anfield on Sunday.
Whilst he didn’t join the substitutes, he has returned to full training, which has given momentum to the possibility that Valencia will make his comeback against Arsenal this Saturday in the FA Cup tie at Old Trafford.
The Ecuadorian’s return to United couldn’t come at a better time, with Nani possibly out for weeks with a calf injury sustained by a rough tackle from Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.
The details of Nani’s injury haven’t come to light as yet, and Sir Alex Ferguson is currently not giving media interviews, however the club has confirmed Nani suffered “a very deep gash”.
Nani left the field on a stretcher seemingly crying, and Carragher’s subsequent yellow card was followed by a fiery confrontation between the teams.