During Ecuador’s Copa América match with Paraguay on Sunday, Antonio Valencia hurt the ankle he broke last year. That injury against Celtic kept him out for months last season and there were fears a recurrence had taken place.

Thankfully, Ecuador’s team doctor, Tony Ocampo, has today confirmed that Valencia will miss just one game.

“[His opponent] stepped on his foot and very nearly fractured it again,”
he said. “He has a bruise on the spot where he has a titanium plate, he couldn’t put his weight on his foot, but the swelling has gone down about 40 per cent since Sunday. He won’t make it for Saturday but he’ll be there for Brazil.”

Ecuador play Brazil on July 13th.

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