Did Enner Valencia fake injury?
It’s been one helluva international break for Everton loanee Enner Valencia.
Valencia, who has been sent to Goodison Park on loan from West Ham for the season, attracted attention last week when police in Ecuador attempted to arrest the striker due to unpaid child support.
Valencia avoided going into police custody as some of the officers apparently failed to apply the correct protocol. That gave the footballer a loophole to get out of trouble.
It’s claimed Valencia hasn’t paid $17k maintenance for his five-year-old daughter.
Things then turned farcical as Ecuador beat the South American double champions Chile in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday evening.
Enner Valencia started the match and bagged an assist for Antonio Valencia’s first goal of the game.
With 10 minutes remaining, and the police waiting on the sidelines to arrest Valencia, the Everton attacker fell to the ground. It was widely assumed he was faking an injury.
Valencia was taken away in a stretcher while police following behind in order to arrest him.
Now, however, the claims Valencia faked injury have been refuted by the Ecuadorian FA.
A nasty ‘diarrhea’ update
The Ecuadorian FA have released a medical report on the health of Everton striker Enner Valencia.
The underlying message behind the report is that Valencia was indeed sick in the Chile game.
It’s claimed Valencia had diarrhea for three days prior to the World Cup qualifier.
Moreover, after he fell ill against Chile, the striker was taken to hospital in an ambulance for treatment. Indeed Valencia is said to have fainted.
And yet, he played 80 minutes v Chile, and he’s also expected to feature in the world Cup qualifier against Bolivia this week.
A copy of the letter is below.