Chris Smalling had been recently accused by his manager Jose Mourinho for ruling himself out of the game against Swansea City due to injury. Mourinho expects him to learn to play through pain as the player has not appeared for the Red Devil’s since the humiliating loss to the blues.
But the good news for the Manchester united fans is that it is reported Chris Smalling would miss only a month of action despite having a broken toe. Manchester united however has denied the story quoting it to be “not true”.
“We don’t comment on rumours or speculation but I can say that the story in the (Daily) Mail isn’t true”
Smalling was an important player under Louis Van Gaal but has failed to impress new boss Jose Mourinho and has had to fight for his opportunities under the new boss. Mourinho has already questioned his mentality publicly for his recent decision of not playing against Swansea City.
Smalling became the vice captain under his previous boss but has missed most of the current season’s fixture due to injury problems. He has made seven appearances in the premier league this season and his first start came against Feyenoord in the Europa League.
Mourinho and Manchester United would be desperate to win their next round of fixtures which includes tough games against Arsenal, Feyenoord, West ham United and Everton. United has been struggling to get into the top four this season and the Portuguese would be expecting more quality and consistency from his players. Chris Smalling would miss the crucial tie against Arsenal, a loss in which could get even worse for United.