With Antonio Valencia on the mend and set to return to the first team over the next couple of weeks, he has reflected on the moment the injury occurred back in September.

“The injury was the worst moment of my career,” he said. “The pain was terrific. I remember the impact on the ankle, a big crack and a feeling of seasickness that must have been down to the pain and the effect on my nerves. My whole family suffered, especially my mother. Everyone I know was watching on TV and lived this horrible experience with me from a distance. Believe me, I never want to see a replay of what happened. At that moment I believed my career had ended but the doctors promised me I would return and I felt happier. Broadfoot offered his apologies to me and I accepted. The surgery was perfect and also my rehabilitation.”