Manchester United have been dealt an injury scare from the other side of the after Antonio Valenica limped off during Ecuador's Copa America encounter against Paraguay on Sunday.

The United winger was substituted at half-time after suffering a sprained ankle during a match which ended goalless - the same scoreline as the other game in Group B between Brazil and Venezuela.

Somewhat worryingly, Valencia's sprain was sustained on the same ankle that he broke so horrifically against Rangers at the beginning of last season.

The 25-year-old was sidelined for six months, before returning to action in March - becoming an integral figure in United's eventual league triumph.




 

However, anxious times lie ahead for the former Wigan man who, according to Ecuador manager Reinaldo Rueda, was not afforded enough protection from the referee against Paraguay.

"The referees must take care of this situation because it [the injury] happened in the first half and [Antonio] was no longer the same," Rueda said. "He could not stand or walk on it and we had to make a change.

“It's a shame because we all know the process he went through to be here.”

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