Manchester United full-back Antonio Valencia has been left out of Ecuador's squad for their forthcoming internationals as a result of the foot injury he sustained during the Reds' draw with local rivals Manchester City. National team manager Gustavo Quinteros has also called up Enner Valencia, following the West Ham United forward's return to first team action following a long spell on the sidelines.
Ecuador have crucial World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Uruguay on 12 November and Venezuela five days later, after having started their campaign in an impressive form with victories over Argentina and Bolivia.
Quinteros, however, has lamented the absence of Antonio Valencia as the Manchester United star is one of the leaders of his side. Nevertheless, the manager is convinced that the West Ham forward can fill in on the right flank of the pitch despite him usually playing in a more advanced role.
"Obviously it is difficult to improve the level showed by [Antonio] Valencia in the recent games but we have other options," the manager said during a press conference, as quoted by Ecuador outlet La Hora. "Enner can play on the right side and can take advantage of his dribbling skills but let's see how he trains because we want to see fit he is."
The West Ham star, meanwhile, has claimed that despite having missed the first part of the season due to a calf problem he is ready to help his national team.
"I am very well, trying to regain confidence with playing time. I played with West Ham Under 21s and now I am trying to also get minutes with the first team to gain more confidence ahead of the international games with the national team," he said to El Universo.