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Antonio Valencia

29-Year-Old Midfielder/Defender     Manchester United  Premier


STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Ankle    EST. RETURN:  Unknown
Birthdate:  August 4, 1985    Birthplace:  Lago Agrio, Ecuador
Nationality:  Ecuador    Height:  5' 11"    Weight:  172 lbs    

July 21, 2015    Antonio Valencia News

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Manager Louis van Gaal said Tuesday that Valencia will begin the season as the starting right back ahead of Matteo Darmian, the Daily Mail reports. "We have brought Darmian for the second position behind Valencia," van Gaal said.

Darmian was widely expected to slot into the right back spot after he was signed, but Valencia apparently played well enough last season in van Gaal's eyes that he won't lose his starting spot. Valencia is a very active player, though he's limited in many formats because he qualifies as a midfielder but doesn't score many goals, nor assist on many.

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

May 26, 2015

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Valencia had surgery to remove metal screws from his left ankle Monday, and he could miss the Copa America for Ecuador, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Valencia will need at least two weeks to rehab from the surgery, which makes him very iffy for the tournament that begins June 11 in Chile. Despite possibly missing the Copa America, Valencia is expected to be fully fit for United's preseason tour of the United States in July.

March 11, 2015

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Valencia apologized to his teammates and Manchester United fans for the mistakes he made in Monday's FA Cup exit, including a weak back pass that led to Arsenal's winning goal, reports the Daily Mail.

Valencia's defending also was involved in the lead up to Arsenal's first goal, allowing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to set up the Nacho Monreal strike. Valencia was heavily criticized for the display, and offered an apology to fans and teammates afterward.

January 17, 2015

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Valencia assisted on Marouane Fellaini's 58th minute goal and finished with three tackles, four interceptions and two clearances during Manchester United's 2-0 win over QPR on Saturday.

Valencia continues to line up as a wing back in Louis van Gaal's ever-changing defense, and his speed and crossing ability will always put him in solid positions to contribute decent fantasy production. However, he still doesn't accumulate a ton of the standard scoring stats, but he's certainly valuable in leagues that include peripheral status like interceptions and tackles.

January 11, 2015

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Valencia was the man of the match for Manchester United during Sunday's 1-0 loss to Southampton, finishing with two key passes, five successful dribbles, one drawn foul, four tackles and one clearance.

It says something about the United attack Sunday when Valencia was the man of the match having not attempted a single shot. In fact, United didn't get a single shot on target during the match. Valencia didn't seem bothered by his groin injury at all, likely allowing him to start next Saturday against QPR as well.

January 9, 2015

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Manager Louis van Gaal said Friday that he has a fully fit squad aside from Ashley Young (groin), indicating that Valencia (groin) is fit to play Sunday against Southampton.

Given the fullness of his squad, it's unclear if van Gaal will start Valencia, who has not played since Dec. 28 against Spurs.

October 16, 2014

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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.

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.