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United suffer another Valencia injury setback

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed Antonio Valencia will miss the Fulham clash after suffering a fresh injury setback.

Valencia, 33, has barely featured for the Red Devils with only five appearances in the Premier League and is considered likely to leave Old Trafford at the end of a season.

The last of those came in the 2-0 win at Newcastle United on January 2, his only appearance under interim manager Solskjaer.

The Ecuador international has retained the captaincy despite persistent fitness problems, the newest of which has prevented him from taking up a place in Saturday’s squad.

“Well hopefully he’ll recover [before the end of the season] because he’s been training hard, really hard,” Solskjaer said of Valencia and cited on FourFourTwo.

“Then he got a setback so hopefully in a couple of weeks he’ll [be available].

“He’s captain for us, hopefully, we can get him back on the pitch but it was hard when he broke down. He would’ve travelled now this weekend.”

Solskjaer will, however, be happy that Phil Jones has committed his future at the club with a new four-year contract on Friday.

The 26-year-old extended his stay at United until at least June 2023, with the club reserving the option for an additional 12-month extension.

“It’s a signal for the players we believe in them, for the supporters that we plan ahead,” Solskjaer said.

“Phil has been here for so long, he’s won the Premier League, trophies, he knows what it takes. He’s been here so long so he knows what it takes for us to move up the table.”