Old Trafford star may have the injury curse.
Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia narrowly escaped re-breaking his ankle last night during Ecuador’s Copa America match against Paraguay.
The 25-year-old first damaged his foot in a Champions League tie against Rangers last September and missed six months of United’s title winning campaign.
He returned in April and played a key role in winning the Premier League and getting to the Champions League final.
Valenica will now miss Saturday’s match against Venezuela but medics hope to have him back soon after.
“[His opponent] stepped on his foot and very nearly fractured it again,” said Ecuador’s team doctor, Tony Ocampo.
“He has a bruise on the spot where he has a titanium plate, he couldn’t put his weight on his foot, but the swelling has gone down about 40% since Sunday.
“He won’t make it for Saturday but he’ll be there for Brazil (on July 13).”
The video below shows worrying footage for Manchester United fans as Antonio Valencia is filmed limping badly.