Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Antonio Valencia has flown back to Manchester to receive treatment and will play no part in our tour of the US.

During Ecuador’s Copa América match against Paraguay, Valencia picked up an injury which the team doctor said nearly fractured his ankle again. The initial hopes were that he would just miss one game then be ready to face Brazil, however he hasn’t recovered in time so the club believe Carrington is the best place for him.

“Antonio has gone straight back to Manchester,” said Ferguson. “He got an injury playing in the first game for Ecuador so he is back in Manchester. It is nothing serious but he wasn’t going to be taking part in the rest of Copa America, so there is no point in him coming out here if he is injured. We have the facilities back at Carrington. That is the best place for him.”