Manchester United were 2-1 winners at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday to remain three points ahead of Chelsea in third place.
Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard gave us a 2-0 lead in the first half before Gareth Barry’s goal in the final 20 minutes made for a nervy ending.
Midway during the second half Antonio Valencia went down with an apparent hamstring injury, replaced by Marcos Rojo. The Argentine played left-back for the remainder of the game with Ashley Young switching over to the right.
Speaking to MUTV after the game, Jose Mourinho was able to confirm that our captain did indeed suffer from a hamstring injury.
It was Valencia’s seventh successive start and the boss believes that all of these matches with little rest in between contributed to the injury. However, Jose was unable to comment on how serious the injury is or how long we can expect the right-back to be out for.
“This is what I call a December injury. It is an injury of accumulation of fatigue. It is a muscular one. Hamstring. Big, small, medium, I don’t know.
“Let’s wait. I think he is an experienced guy to not let it go to difficult limits. But it is an injury of fatigue. Everyone in the Premier League especially the ones in more accumulation of cups, European cups, they are at risk.”
Antonio Valencia has made 24 appearances in all competitions for us this season. This injury comes just days after Mourinho confirmed that Eric Bailly will undergo surgery on his injured ankle which is expected to keep the Ivorian out for up to three months.
We face Bristol City at Ashton Gate in the EFL Cup quarter-final on Wednesday before travelling to Leicester City in the Premier League next Saturday.