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Chris Smalling | Defensemen | #12

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 198

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Manchester United have completed the signing of Benfica centre-back Victor Lindelof in a deal worth £31 million ($39.5m).
Manchester United confirmed the signing on Saturday. The deal is subject to a international clearance, the agreement of personal terms and a medical, which is scheduled for next week. The defender is currently with the Swedish national team preparing for a friendly in Norway on Tuesday. United sought his signature in the January transfer window but ultimately failed to agree a deal. Lindelof went on to make 47 appearances for Benfica last term, winning a domestic league and cup double. The 22 year old is United's first signing of the summer, with more names expected to be announced in the coming months. Sun, Jun 11, 2017 10:46:00 AM

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Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling has rejected José Mourinho's doubts about his courage to play while injured.

Smalling, along with his club and countryman Phil Jones, was challenged publicly by his manager on a number of occasions over his perceived reluctance to play through injury. Speaking before England's World Cup Qualifier with Scotland, Smalling confirmed that his manager never apologised for his comments, and chose his words carefully to avoid directly criticising his coach. Instead, the centre-back distilled Mourinho's words down to the manager being professional: "No, it’s just professional," he said. "All of us are professionals and no player wants not to play. That was all just [him being] professional – get on with the rehab and then get out as quickly as you can." However, Smalling was quick to point out that he played with a broken toe in the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea thanks to painkilling injections. He later brushed Mourinho's aired frustrations off as a compliment.
Source: The Guardian
Fri, Jun 9, 2017 09:11:00 PM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has refused to rule out completing his January pursuit to sign Benfica's Victor Lindelof.

United tracked the Swedish centre-back relentlessly in January, only to fall short of completing the signing. In the period after, the team went through an injury crisis in the role and Mourinho took flack for not signing an additional option. Now, Mourinho has refused to reject claims that he will try to lure the player to Old Trafford this summer. Speaking on international duty, the 22 year old Swede has consistently reminded the media of his contractual obligations to his current club Benfica. He also explained that he tries to ignore speculation about a potential move to England: "I have a contract with Benfica, and that’s what I’m focused on... I just try to focus on what’s important for me. I know a lot of things get written, but I don’t think it’s right for me to read it all the time. It wouldn’t suit me to read rumours."
Tue, Jun 6, 2017 06:25:00 PM

Manchester United will be without England centre-back Chris Smalling until mid-May.

The 27 year old suffered a knee injury while on England duty in March and has not been fit to return to action since. In his Good Friday press conference, manager Jose Mourinho responded to a question about Smalling's recovery period by explaining that he would not be ready for a comeback until "mid-May". This means Smalling may be available for the final three league games of the season and the conclusion of United's Europa League campaign if they advance to the final.
Fri, Apr 14, 2017 11:37:00 AM

After ruling Chris Smalling out of Manchester United's GW30 clash with West Brom during the week, Jose Mourinho has now confirmed he has a "long-term" injury.

Smalling was released early from the England squad during the international break and was pictured wearing a brace on his right knee. Injuries associated with this sort of measure tend to rule a player out for weeks on end, but the club have not officially specified when they expect the centre-back to return.
Fri, Mar 31, 2017 01:15:00 PM

Chris Smalling is unlikely to feature against West Brom on Saturday after the United centre-back was pictured with his right knee in a brace.

Smalling was released from England duty on Friday due to an unspecified injury and returned to the Aon Training Complex for further tests. There has been no official word from the club, but the latest images suggest Smalling will be sidelined for weeks as opposed to days. The brace in question is typically used to limit flexion and extension of the knee joint and to support the knee from lateral and medial movement, possibly indicating ligament instability. For those of you who prefer the glass half full, Smalling may be using the brace as a precaution until a full and thorough assessment can be carried out, but the early signs do not look promising. In addition, United are expected to provide an update on teammate Phil Jones anytime now, after he sustained a toe injury during England training seven days ago.
Source: Sky Sports
Tue, Mar 28, 2017 01:24:00 PM

Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson has earned his first England call-up for the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania on Sunday in place of the injured Chris Smalling.

The circumstances around Smalling’s withdrawal appear to be shrouded in mystery, prompting conspiracy theorists to attribute his release from the squad, to Jose Mourinho, who has already lost Phil Jones to a toe injury during the international break. England announced on Friday afternoon that Smalling would be replaced by Gibson due to an unspecified injury, and the lack of information regarding his sudden departure, certainly adds credence to the notion that the Special One has expressed concerns with Man United facing a hectic month ahead [9 matches]. However, with Gary Cahill suspended, Gareth Southgate won’t be looking to take any chances, so in reality, Smalling probably has an issue which United need to assess. Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo could line-up against West Brom if both Jones and Smalling are ruled out.
Source: Sportinglife
Sat, Mar 25, 2017 11:27:00 AM

Further tests have revealed that Chris Smalling has broken his toe in two places with the United defender set to miss at least four weeks.

Jose Mourinho was critical of Smalling and teammate Luke Shaw who were unavailable for the game at Swansea. He said the pair should change their "mindset" and be prepared to play through the pain while implying their symptoms were psychosomatic: "Smalling doesn't feel that he can play 100 percent with his pain," said the United boss before adding: "For the team, you have to do anything." However, speaking to the press on Monday, interim England manager Gareth Southgate disagreed: "They didn't play, though, so there's a medical issue. Obviously, it's a difficult one because I don't know the reason for the comments Jose's made." And it now seems Southgate was correct, as ongoing checks confirm Smalling has a broken toe which will keep him side-lined for the next month.
Source: Daily Mail
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 06:54:00 AM

Chris Smalling is available to Jose Mourinho for Friday's match against Southampton after missing Week 1 due to suspension.

The England international may be eligible to play again but may find that he has to earn his way back into the starting eleven. Eric Bailly and Daley Blind played well as a partnership last weekend against Bournemouth. The expectation is that Smalling and Bailly will be the long term partnership with Blind settling in to the John O'Shea super-sub role across a variety of positions, just with much better hair.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 08:52:00 AM

Chris Smalling will miss Manchester United's Premier League after carrying over a one match ban from last season.

Jose Mourinho will be without both Smalling and new signing Paul Pogba as the duo are both bringing suspensions into the new season. The absence of Smalling likely means that Phil Jones will get a chance to establish himself under Mourinho partnering newcomer Eric Bailly who was very impressive in pre-season. Smalling should be back to his starting spot for Week 2.
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 11:40:00 AM

Following England’s early exit from Euro 2016, Chris Smalling’s misery has been further compounded after the defender ended up in hospital while holidaying on a small Indonesian island.

Although there has been no official statement [Manchester United are said to be investigating the matter], social media reports seem to confirm that Smalling was taken to hospital for treatment for what looks to be head and / or neck injuries. Local news suggested the 26-year-old had taken a heavy fall when learning to surf while they also say Smalling may have been stung by a jellyfish. Photographs appear to corroborate the story with hospital medical records displaying his correct date-of-birth. However, the sight of Smalling signing a hospital workers Man United shirt seems to suggest his injuries cannot be too serious as he lies with his head bandaged and neck fixed in a brace.
Source: The Sun
Mon, Jul 4, 2016 06:20:00 AM

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling limped away from England training on Tuesday with a minor knee injury.

However, the injury is not expected to be serious as the centre-half is expected to be back in English national team training at its base in Chantilly on Wednesday despite leaving Tuesday with his knee heavily wrapped. Smalling is expected to play a critical role in England's fortunes this summer as one of just three center-backs on the team and is pencilled in to start in the Three Lions' opener on Saturday against Russia in Marseille, if he returns fully fit. But fellow defender Ryan Bertrand continues to receive treatment due to a knock that has kep him out for nearly two weeks.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Jun 8, 2016 06:54:00 AM

Chris Smalling nodded home a Raheem Sterling cross as England beat 10-man and Ronaldo-less Portugal 1-0 in their final Euro 2016 tune-up.

England weren't very good despite playing up a man for approximately two thirds of the match and their opponents playing without their talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo. Throw in home field advantage and it should have been an easy one for the Three Lions but it was anything but. Wayne Rooney struggled to find a definitive role among his younger teammates and not only didn't produce much but also seemed to disconcert the rest of the team. It wasn't until many of the attacking starters had been replaced that substitute Raheem Sterling found Chris Smalling who headed home for the only goal of the match.
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 08:49:00 AM

Chris Smalling moved quickly to allay any injury fears ahead of Saturdays’ FA Cup semi-final against Everton.

Smalling appeared to come off second best after a challenge late in the Premier League game versus Crystal Palace and was seen limping during the closing stages. However, post-match, the 26-year-old revealed: "It was just a 50-50 and he caught me after, but it's nothing serious." United kept the pressure on Arsenal in fourth place on the back of another solid defensive display by Blind and Smalling. Goals from Darmian and Delaney (OG) made it three wins in-a-row at Old Trafford to put them within one point of the Gunners who play Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this evening.
Thu, Apr 21, 2016 07:08:00 AM

Chris Smalling's status for Wednesday isn't much different than it was for Sunday, his injury isn't serious but the match may come too soon for him to be risked.

United managed to cover for the absence of Smalling reasonably well against Arsenal but they'll probably not want to press their luck in the center of the park with Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney coming to Old Trafford this week. The prolific duo have been exceptional this season and anything but United's best in the heart of their defense will open them up to a momentum-draining loss in the wake of their big weekend win.
Source: Metro
Tue, Mar 1, 2016 09:36:00 AM