Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said Antonio Valencia will not not make his long awaited comeback against Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old has been out of action since September after breaking and dislocating his left ankle, and after recently returning to training, the Ecuadorian was tipped to make a return in United's crunch FA Cup tie with the Gunners.

But Ferguson has ruled the winger out of the cup showdown.

“He's training very well and has played in practice matches,” the United boss told reporters on Friday morning.

 

“We have to decide when we put him into a first-team game. It's about timing, being out for a long time. At some point we'll try it. It won't be tomorrow, but it will be soon.”

United's injury list reads unpleasant viewing, but Ferguson, who's team face Marseille on Tuesday night, isn't about to rest his key players.

“Injuries aside, there's the importance of this as a cup tie,” he explained.

“It's against Arsenal and these games are always exciting. There's an opportunity to get to a semi-final so I'll play my best team.

“Tuesday night isn't in our minds at this moment.”

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