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United confirm successful operation for Valencia

Manchester United have confirmed that Antonio Valencia has had successful surgery after dislocating and fracturing his ankle against Rangers.

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Ecuador international Valencia had to be given oxygen and was stretchered from the field after the injury on Tuesday and, while he is set to miss a sizeable part of the coming campaign, United have announced positive news about the operation.

"The operation went well," a club spokesperson told the official United website. "A plate has been inserted to stabilise the fracture but there is obvious significant ligament damage that follows a dislocation and he will be out for a good portion of the season. Antonio is perfectly fine, very positive and very determined."

Ecuador national team doctor Hector Bohorquez was quoted this week as saying Valencia would be out for an initial four to five months and would then undergo a rehabilitation period.

However, the United spokesperson added: "Contrary to recent reports, there has been no official contact from the Ecuadorian national team."

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