Manchester United Injury News: Antonio Valencia out of Manchester Derby

Jonathan Beever@@jonathanbeeverCorrespondent IIIDecember 7, 2012

Antonio Valencia remains unavailable with a hip injury
Antonio Valencia remains unavailable with a hip injuryChristopher Lee/Getty Images

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Antonio Valencia has failed to recover from a hip injury in time to start in the Manchester derby this weekend.

This leaves further selection headaches for the Manchester United manager ahead of the top-of-the-table clash with local rivals Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Announced in his press conference this morning and reported by Mark Froggatt of the club’s official website, Sir Alex informed reporters,

“I know we've got a few injuries at the moment but we've got a big strong squad of players. Nani and Valencia are still out. It will be a few weeks with them.”

With further news that Tom Cleverley is also out of the showcase clash, it is anyone’s guess how Sir Alex will line up his team on Sunday afternoon.

United’s injury troubles continue to hamper any consistent line-up. According to there are now six first-team players on the sidelines; Nani, Nemanja Vidic, Cleverley, Anderson, Valencia and Shinji Kagawa.

It now looks like Paul Scholes will partner Michael Carrick in the heart of midfield, with Darren Fletcher and Ashley Young providing some occasional width. Wayne Rooney is also likely to assist in the centre of the park by dropping deep from forward positions.

The other remaining midfield option for Sir Alex is Phil Jones. He could provide some steel and youthful energy to the middle and could even be assigned to Yaya ToureCity’s midfield general who dominated in the game at the Etihad Stadium last season.