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Antonio Valencia

29-Year-Old Midfielder/Defender     Manchester United  Premier


Birthdate:  August 4, 1985    Birthplace:  Lago Agrio, Ecuador    Nationality:  Ecuador    Height:  5' 11"    Weight:  172 lbs    

October 16, 2014    Antonio Valencia News

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Valencia suffered a slight hamstring issue in the team's win over Everton and will miss Monday's match against West Brom, reports the Daily Mail.

Valencia was substituted out in the Everton match, and the injury isn't believed to be serious. He joins a growing list of players in the club battling back from injuries.

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Antonio Valencia: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

August 24, 2014

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Valencia, who missed Manchester United's season-opener last week due to a leg injury, started Sunday and assisted on Juan Mata's goal during a 1-1 draw with Sunderland.

Valencia continues to start out wide in manager Louis van Gaal's 3-5-2 scheme, although he was burned repeatedly on the defensive end, something that wasn't exactly unexpected. Despite the consistent playing time, he's a fairly limited fantasy performer, as he doesn't score much and he doesn't garner a ton of assists.

August 15, 2014

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Valencia (leg) has been ruled out of Manchester United's Premier League opener against Swansea City on Saturday.

Valencia is expected to start along the wing this season as part of the revamped 3-5-2 scheme that new manager Louis van Gaal is trying to implement, but it might be some time before Valencia gets his shot to show he belongs there.

August 5, 2014

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Valencia picked up a knock and left Monday's Guinness International Champions Cup final against Liverpool in the eighth minute, ESPN FC reports.

It is unclear exactly what the issue was, but it was obviously serious enough that the Ecuadorian had to leave not even 10 minutes in. With just over 10 days before the Premier League opener, Valencia's training time will give a good indication about his availability for the opener against Swansea City.

June 21, 2014

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Valencia signed a three-year contract extension Saturday that will keep him at Manchester United until June 2018, the club's official web site reports.

Valencia has scored 21 goals in 191 appearances and was a steady member of the starting XI last season. It's unclear what his role will be under new manager Louis van Gaal, but a regular role on the bench would be surprising.

March 30, 2014

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Valencia was held out of Saturday's Premier League match against Aston Villa due to a bout of knee tendinitis, the club's official web site reports.

Manager David Moyes mentioned that he might have used Valencia as a full back after Rafael fell victim to a knock before halftime. United are in a full injury crisis ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match against Bayern Munich.

March 20, 2014

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Valencia was left with one eye partially closed after a clash of heads early in Wednesday's Champions League victory over Olympiakos, reports the Daily Mail.

The midfielder soldiered on in the match, and wasn't substituted until only 15 minutes remained. His performance through the injury was remarkable, and one example of the determination the side showed to turn in a victory on Wednesday. The large lump should diminish, and we wouldn't expect him to miss any time, especially considering Valencia nearly finished the entire match.

January 11, 2014

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Valencia scored in the 47th minute of Manchester United's 2-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday.

Valencia is an active member of the Man U attack, but he doesn't accumulate much in terms of fantasy points. He has two goals and two assists in 18 appearances this year, and with solid play, he'll keep his spot in the starting XI moving forward.