Manchester United right back, Antonio Valencia will miss the start of the 2018/2019 Premier League season.
The Ecuadorian picked up a suspected torn calf muscle injury last week against San Jose Earthquakes in the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.
The club’s manager, Jose Mourinho, has confirmed the flying South American will be out of action for the start of the season. He added that it was uncertain the situation would affect Ashley Young’s holiday.
Young played five games for England in the 2018 World Cup, helping the Three Lions reach the semi-final.
Mourinho said: “Valencia is injured and he will be injured for the beginning of the Premier League. Diogo Dalot is also in the recovering phase, he will not be ready for the beginning of the Premier League,” Mourinho said.
“Ashley Young is a possibility to play right back but he is on holiday. I don’t know if he fancies to be back for that and put himself to be available for the team or stay on holiday.”
Mourinho said he believes Victor Lindelof could also play in the position, but the Sweden centre-back is also on holiday, owing to his participation at the World Cup.
“Victor Lindelof is a possibility. He is not a right back but he’s a possibility. He starts training next Monday and I will send people to Manchester to train with Victor. It makes no sense for him to come to the US”, he stated.
Matteo Darmian could also play in the full back position, but the Italian has expressed his desire to leave for regular game time and Mourinho has said he would not stand in his way.
“Matteo wants to leave, and I think when a player wants to leave, if the right offer arrives you have to try to be human and let the player follow his instinct”.
“But not at any price and until now the offers we got for Matteo are not even close to being accepted”.
“So if Matteo leaves, he leaves because the right offer arrives and if he stays, yes you are right, he can be important for us,” Mourinho added.