Antonio Valencia is expected to see action for Manchester United tonight in a reserve-team fixture.

And the timing could not be better, with the Premier League leaders likely to be without Nani, crocked by Jamie Carragher at Liverpool on Sunday, for up to a month.

Ecuador winger Valencia, 25, has not played since breaking his left ankle in September's Champions League clash with Rangers.

He was initially expected to miss the rest of the season but on Monday he came through a specially-arranged training game with a mixture of reserves and youngsters.

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