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Chris Smalling | Defensemen | #12

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 198

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Chris Smalling, the rock in Manchester United's defense this season, has been training all week and should start this Saturday against Norwich City.
Smalling has been excellent when healthy this season and has been, along with David De Gea, one of the few bright spots at Old Trafford. Shorn of his presence, United looked vulnerable last weekend in their shocking loss to Bournemouth. The return of Smalling won't solve United's attacking woes but it should ensure that they aren't leaking goals like they did last weekend. Fri, Dec 18, 2015 09:35:00 AM
Source: espnfc.com

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Man United defensive problems continue to mount after Louis van Gaal confirmed that both Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling picked up muscular problems during the Champions League defeat in Wolfsburg on Tuesday.

Darmian succumbed to a hamstring related injury during an entertaining first half in Germany while Smalling played most of the remaining 15 minutes in attack having picked up a groin problem. Both players are considered early doubts for this weekends’ trip to AFC Bournemouth. These latest injuries leave United with up-to six defenders potentially ruled out of game week sixteen with Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw already sidelined. A turn of events which means Van Gaal may be forced into playing a defence with very little Premier League experience. 18-year-old Cameron Borthwick-Jackson [0 starts], 22-year-old Guillermo Varela [0 starts] and 20-year-old Paddy McNair [14 starts] could make up three of the four places at the back. Either way last nights’ news will have the Cherries’ rubbing their hands with glee.
Source: The Mirror
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 05:07:00 AM

Chris Smalling was left out of the friendly against France yesterday due to a minor knock. His status for the match against Watford is uncertain.

Smalling has been excellent for Manchester United and England this season and any time missed would be a significant blow for the Red Devils who are reeling under the weight of injuries. Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw will definitely be missing for an extended period while Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini join Smalling as potential short term absentees. Michael Carrick is still being assessed but could be anywhere in-between those two categories. United's upcoming fixture list is favorable but the margins at Old Trafford have been thin enough that losing Smalling could be the difference in winning vs. dropping points.
Source: espnfc.com
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 11:53:00 AM

Reports suggest Manchester United are considering a move for Sergio Ramos after AS confirmed talks over a new contract - at Real Madrid - have broken down.

The story alleges Madrid are unhappy with the players attitude and following an initial offer to extend – which was rejected – the super club are unwilling to submit an improved deal and may choose to cash-in on their prized asset. Despite boasting the fourth best defensive record in the BPL last term Louis van Gaal has prioritised recruitment at the back due to ongoing fitness concerns surrounding Chris Smalling / Phil Jones and a move for the Spain international (capped 128 times) would represent excellent business. Rafael and Jonny Evans are also expected to leave the club during the transfer window. Jerome Boateng is another player linked with a potential move to Old Trafford - a fee of around $30 million would be required to take the German international away from Bayern Munich.
Source: The Metro
Mon, Jun 22, 2015 03:43:00 AM

Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have forged an effective partnership at the center of Manchester United's defense over the second half of the season.

Chris Smalling was seemingly on the verge of a summer exit from Manchester United after a disappointing spell at the club saw him fail to establish himself as a first team regular. With rumors swirling about a move away, the former Fulham man has asserted himself over the second half of the season and forged a solid, if not spectacular partnership with Phil Jones. The two have rarely been healthy at the same time this season. Louis Van Gaal's approach to central defense over the summer will be very interesting given that he could have his answer on the roster already if they can stay healthy.
Source: Yahoo.com
Thu, May 21, 2015 05:18:00 PM

Chris Smalling led a poor group of Manchester United fantasy performances as the Red Devils fell to Everton 3-0 in Week 34.

No Manchester United player reached double digits in fantasy production in the Yahoo format but Chris Smalling got the closest as he picked up 9 in the loss. Smalling's points came from six passes intercepted, one shot on target, and a tackle won while he gave one back for a foul committed. That Smalling was fantasy-relevant in a week when United were beaten badly shows how far he has come in the second half of this season. The worry is that United seem to be stumbling down the stretch which could limit his upside for the final four weeks of the season.
Source: Yahoo.com
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 09:44:00 AM

Chris Smalling faces a race to be fit enough for Manchester United's match against Aston Villa.

Smalling came off dramatically in England's friendly against Italy in mid-week and Louis Van Gaal indicated that Smalling is still a big doubt for the weekend. Caution is probably the better part of valor with Smalling as Villa aren't strong enough opponents to risk rushing him back.
Source: espnfc
Fri, Apr 3, 2015 11:23:00 AM

There were concerns in the Manchester United camp on Tuesday as England defender Chris Smalling was ushered from the pitch during the first half friendly against Italy in Turin.

However a spokesman for the FA confirmed that Smalling was withdrawn after "feeling unwell" giving the United defender every chance of recovery before the visit of Aston Villa this weekend. Louis van Gaal’s side could be further boosted by the news that Dutch striker Robin van Persie is pushing for a recall although a place on the bench is the best he can hope for after 6 weeks out plus the form of captain Wayne Rooney. With Marcos Rojo back up to full fitness the treatment room at the Anon Training Complex is looking a little sparse with only Luke Shaw and James Wilson currently sidelined although the pair are close to a comeback.
Source: The Mirror
Wed, Apr 1, 2015 07:55:00 AM

Chris Smalling had the match of his life as he scored twice off the bench replacing an injured Phil Jones and helped Manchester United take care of business against Burnley, 3-1.

United will have some worries in the physio room as both Jones and Daley Blind had to leave the match early due to injury but they got the result they expected and Smalling's head was a major reason. A corner kick was the first play upon his entrance and the ball was headed by Robin van Persie, then headed by Falcao, then headed by Smalling into goal. Then, with moments to go before halftime, Smalling bagged his surprising brace by heading in a nifty Angel Di Maria cross. United would put the game to bed in the second half, when Di Maria was taken down in the area by Scott Arfield, and van Persie convereted the penalty chance. Certainly if Jones is to miss any time, Smalling will figure to see some increased pitch time.
Source: NBC Sports
Wed, Feb 11, 2015 04:52:00 PM

Chris Smalling picked up an injury in training this week and will miss approximately two weeks including Friday's FA Cup match and Week 23 in the Premier League.

With experienced center backs Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones both healthy and Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair gaining experience rapidly, Louis Van Gaal is unlikely to sweat the absences of Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling over the next two matches. It doesn't hurt that the opposition Manchester United will face isn't exactly fearsome with Cambridge United and bottom-of-the-league Leicester City on tap. Look for both defenders to recover for Week 24 in the Premier League.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Jan 23, 2015 11:35:00 AM

Chris Smalling has recovered sufficiently from his groin injury that he has a chance to feature in Manchester United's Boxing Day match with Newcastle United.

Exactly the sort of situation that fantasy managers hate. No one is exactly sure who will start if Louis Van Gaal has more than two experienced center backs available because it hasn't happened yet this season. With the news that Smalling may be available for Boxing Day along with the continued health of Jonny Evans and Phil Jones, LVG will face his first center back selection dilemma of the season. Fantasy managers should be on high alert and probably shouldn't be selecting any of the three for salary cap leagues until we know more about the manager's preferences.
Source: espnfc.com
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 10:17:00 AM

Jonny Evans returned to the Manchester United first team squad for the trip to St Marys’ on Monday and got his chance a lot sooner than expected following more than two months on the sidelines because of an ankle injury.

Having suffered several muscular problems already this term – groin & thigh – plus a sending-off Chris Smalling was enjoying his foray back into the starting eleven following his goal and clean sheet in game week 13. However barely ten minutes in against Southampton and the defender pulled up with a suspected groin tear which is likely to rule him out over the Christmas period. The return of Jonny Evans has proved timely while Rafael is also approaching full fitness – but Paddy McNair may need to wait a little longer before establishing himself in the first team after he was withdrawn before half-time - lacking confidence - following a number of basic errors.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 06:39:00 PM

Chris Smalling had a nightmare defensive performance which culminated in receiving a second yellow card inside forty minutes and giving Manchester City the advantage that would eventually result in a 1-0 loss for Manchester United.

It is a bitter outcome for United as they came to play today. The sending off, coupled with a nasty shoulder injury for Marcos Rojo, created a sieve in the center of defense and City eventually capitalized with a goal. It is hard to fault any attacking players despite coming up empty, it would have surely been a different story had the two sides played the entire match 11 v 11. Still, Marouane Fellaini had an open header chance to level the match, but he missed. The Red Devils will hope to have Phil Jones available to them next weekend when they host Crystal Palace - Rojo looks destined to be out through the international break.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 10:54:00 AM

Chris Smalling has joined Phil Jones and Jonny Evans among the injured center backs at Manchester United.

Already reeling after the come-from-ahead loss to Leicester City last weekend, the Manchester United defense was rocked by news that Chris Smalling will join Phil Jones, Jonny Evans (both injured) and Tyler Blackett (suspended) as unavailable for this weekend's home match with West Ham United. It seems likely that Marcos Rojo will move in to central defense and Luke Shaw will get his first Premier League start under Louis Van Gaal at left back. Still, you probably don't want much to do with United's defense or David De Gea given all of the injuries.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 11:26:00 AM

With Phil Jones ruled out until sometime in October, Louis Van Gaal will get Chris Smalling back to face Leicester City.

Phil Jones' hamstring injury is apparently worse than initially thought and reports are indicating that the England defender will be out of action into October. Chris Smalling, however, has recovered from his groin issue in time to take Jones' place in the line-up against the Foxes assuming he is above Tyler Blackett in the pecking order after four weeks.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 08:05:00 PM