Antonio Valencia suffers cruel break as Sir Alex Ferguson drops Champions League clanger

15 September 2010 07:03
Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia faces a battle to play again this season after suffering a horrific ankle injury during his team's Champions League stalemate with Rangers at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. [LNB]The Ecuador international was rushed to hospital wearing an oxygen mask after catching his studs in the turf and suffering a dislocated and fractured left ankle. [LNB] Alarm call: players show their immediate concern as Valencia is flat out[LNB]Sir Alex Ferguson paid the price for making 10 changes as Rangers held out for a goalless draw. But players could barely look as Valencia writhed in agony around the hour mark.[LNB] Ferguson said: 'It looks like a dislocation and fracture. That's a bad one. It will keep him out for a long time. He seemed to catch his toe in the turf and we knew straight away it was a bad one from the way the Rangers player started to wave.' [LNB] Stuck in the mud: Valencia faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines [LNB]Valencia had only just returned to the side after recovering from a knee problem and faces a lengthy and arduous period of rehabilitation that will follow an operation scheduled in Manchester for today. [LNB]Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand both returned to Ferguson's team but the United boss made eight other changes from the side held 3-3 at Everton in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday. [LNB] Nightmare: Wayne Rooney can't bear to watch as Valencia is treated[LNB] [LNB]Ferguson added: 'People will talk about the team I picked but I thinkI played a strong team, a very strong team. 'Many of them played in theCommunity Shield against Chelsea. We should have won. [LNB]'Rangersjust went back to their penalty box and stayed there and they were successful. Give them credit for that.' [LNB]Rangers manager and former United assistant Walter Smith said: 'I'm proud of my players. We have to find a way to try and nullify the opposition.' [LNB] Wayne's world: Rooney's return failed to inspire a poor United to victory [LNB]  Manchester United 0 Rangers 0: Fergie's flops hit the wall as Reds are held in Champions League opener Manchester United 0 Rangers 0: The action as it unfolded at Old Trafford Bellamy 'coin attack' in Manchester derby thrown out of courtMANCHESTER UNITED FC

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