Manchester United's Antonio Valencia will be out for the rest of the season after suffering a horrific ankle injury in Manchester United's goalless draw against Rangers in the Champions League last night.
The Ecuadorian winger was stretched off after an innocuous challenge from the Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot in the 62nd minute of the match.
Valencia, 25, appeared to catch his studs in the turf after the tackle from the Rangers defender. Pictures of the incident showed Antonio Valencia's right leg hanging limply and with the boot at right angle to the ankle.
The injury was very much reminiscent to that suffered by former United player Alan Smith, who broke his left leg and dislocated his ankle in Manchester United's FA Cup defeat by Liverpool in February 2006.
Valencia was bought from Wigan in 2009 to replace Cristiano Ronaldo who joined Real Madrid for a record fee of £80 million. He was making his fourth appearance of the season and has just one goal to his name, which came in the 3-1 community shield win over Chelsea.