Wednesday 15 October 2014

Antonio Valencia joins Manchester United injury list

Antonio Valencia is the latest player to join Manchester United's injury list.

The Ecuador winger has tweaked a hamstring and, although the injury is not too serious, it is expected to rule him out of Monday's game at West Bromwich Albion.

The 29-year-old is understood to have picked up the strain during United's win over Everton on October 5, where he was replaced after 79 minutes by Marouane Fellaini.

The injury will beg further questions in the United camp about what they are doing wrong in their pre-emptive work which is supposed to protect against soft-tissue injuries.

New physio Matt Radcliffe started this week and he will be among staff being charged by United boss Louis van Gaal to find a solution.

Defender Paddy McNair has a hamstring injury, Phil Jones is recovering from one picked up on England duty while Chris Smalling is edging back after his thigh strain.

United have used 30 players in the Premier League already this season with injuries stretching the squad to its limit.

Midfielder Michael Carrick is stepping up his recovery from ankle ligament damage and hopes to make the bench for the trip to The Hawthorns on Monday.

Credit: Simon Jones/SportsMail

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