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Chris Smalling | Defensemen | #12

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 198

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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. Fri, Nov 11, 2016 06:54:00 AM
Source: Daily Mail

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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

Chris Smalling, who missed United's 5-1 victory on Thursday, faces a late fitness test ahead of the visit of third place Arsenal on Sunday.

The defender has been United's most consistent central defender and his absence really showed in the one goal that the Red Devils did concede on Thursday. His presence for the match with Arsenal would dramatically increase the chances of United keeping a clean sheet against an Arsenal side that have been struggling in the attack so far in 2016.
Fri, Feb 26, 2016 04:10:00 PM

Chris Smalling, who suffered a shoulder injury in Monday's FA Cup win, is uncertain for Thursday's Europa Cup match with FC Midtjylland.

Manchester United's best, and most consistently healthy, defender this season may succumb to United's injury crisis. He has not been ruled out but it certainly sounds like he is no better than 50/50 for the match on Thursday. The way the reports were worded make it sound likely that he will return for the match against Arsenal on Sunday.
Wed, Feb 24, 2016 02:24:00 PM

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

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.
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.
Thu, May 21, 2015 05:18:00 PM