Chris Smalling Is Out With Injury
According to the the latest medical reports, Manchester United central defender Chris Smalling is sidelined with a groin injury. The England international suffered the injury during the 2–0 victory over Swansea City at Old Trafford last weekend and the 22-year-old will now miss out on the 2012 European Championships this summer.
Londoner Chris Smalling started with Maidstone United where his initial taste of first team football came in a 4–1 loss to Tonbridge Angels in the Kent Senior Cup in April 2007. As things eventually turned out, the much wanted stopper eventually decided to team up with Premier League side Fulham at the beginning of the 2008-09 campaign. After making just 13 league appearances under the leadership and guidance of Craven Cottage boss Roy Hodgson, the highly promising youth was signed by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson for a transfer fee believed to be somewhere in the region of £8 million midway through the 2009-10 season. Smalling went on to make his league debut for the red shirts when he entered the field as a late second half substitute in the 3–0 success against West Ham United at Old Trafford in August 2010 and by the end of the 2010-11 campaign, he had appeared in enough matches to pick up an English Premier League winners’ medal. A wholehearted and versatile performer, Chris Smalling made his full international debut for England in the convincing 3–0 triumph against Bulgaria at the Vasil Levski in Sofia back in September 2011 and has so far amassed three senior caps for his country.