Darren Fletcher is confident Antonio Valencia still has a bright future at Manchester United.
The Ecuadorian winger was rushed to hospital on Tuesday after sustaining a horrific injury during a UEFA Champions League clash with Rangers.
Sir Alex Ferguson has already admitted that he does not expect Valencia to play again this season, as a lengthy period of rehabilitation will be required to return him to match fitness.
Everyone at United is hoping the 25-year-old can make a full recovery and return to the top of the game, but there is no guarantee he will be able to recapture his form of old after suffering such a badly broken ankle.
Fletcher, though, believes Valencia will be back to his best in the not too distant future and is tipping him to have a major impact for United in the years to come.
"It looked really bad," he said.
"Hopefully the scans show it is not as bad as we fear.
"After arriving from Wigan he had a great first season and was looking to push on this year. That is why the injury is a real blow.
"He has only just got back from the injury he suffered at the end of last season too.
"He is a strong character and a good lad. He has real determination and works hard. He will be back I am sure.
"He will have a long future at Manchester United."
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