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Manchester United's Valencia to make late dash for derby

Reuters , Friday 2 Sep 2016
Antonio Valencia
Ecuador's soccer player Antonio Valencia warms up during a training session in Buenos Aires, October 6, 2015, ahead of their upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Argentina. (Photo: Reuters)
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Manchester United's Antonio Valencia could be a doubt for their derby clash against City next week as he is away on international duty with Ecuador until the day before the match.

Valencia, on the shortlist for the Premier League's player of the month after an impressive start to the season at right back, will return to Manchester next Friday, United manager Jose Mourinho said.

"The day before Man City, we will still have Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia arriving," Mourinho told the club website.

"It will be a complicated process but we know it is like this when we have these players. And I would love all of the players to go because it would mean that everybody is being selected for their national teams."

Mourinho may be forced to play one of Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian or Timothy Fosu-Mensah should converted winger Valencia not be ready to face City.

Both Manchester clubs come into the fixture with 100 percent records from the opening three games of the Premier League season.

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