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Birthdate:  November 22, 1989    Nationality:  England    Height:  6' 4"    Weight:  198 lbs    

September 26, 2014    Chris Smalling News

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Smalling has been ruled out of Manchester United's Premier League match against West Ham on Saturday due to a thigh injury, ESPN reports.

Smalling's absence comes as a big blow to United, who will also be without Jonny Evans (ankle). Paddy McNair and Tom Thorpe have been called up from the Under-21 side for depth, as Tyler Blackett is out due to a red-card ban. Smalling suffered the injury in training just days after he returned from a groin problem.

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Chris Smalling: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

September 25, 2014

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Smalling injured his thigh in training on Wednesday and is now a fitness question ahead of Saturday's match against West Ham, reports the Daily Mail.

The defender will be assessed Thursday, but is adding to the defensive concerns of United. Both Phil Jones and Jonny Evans are already out, and Smalling had just returned from a groin injury last weekend.

September 22, 2014

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Arsenal may prepare another bid for Smalling after losing Mathieu Debuchy to injury last week, according to the Daily Mail.

Smalling returned from injury in a substitute appearance in Manchester United's loss to Leicester on Sunday. Smalling continues to be a tool in Manchester United's defense, but hasn't made the impact he would hope for yet.

September 21, 2014

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Smalling (groin) came on for an injured Jonny Evans in the 30th minute of Manchester United's 5-3 loss to Leicester City on Sunday.

The entire Manchester United defense self-combusted Sunday, giving up four unanswered goals after they had taken a 3-1 lead. Evans was on crutches after the game, which means Smalling could take his place in the starting XI.

September 12, 2014

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Smalling (groin) will return to training Saturday with the reserves, making him unlikely to play Sunday against QPR, the Telegraph reports.

United's injury woes continue, as Smalling will be joined by Phil Jones (hamstring) on the sideline in a match that has decent clean sheet potential.

August 24, 2014

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Manager Louis van Gaal confirmed Sunday that Smalling suffered a groin injury during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Sunderland.

United have been ravaged with injuries early in the season, particularly in the back-line, and Smalling's latest ailment only adds fuel to the fire. He will be further assessed Monday to determine if he will be able to recover in time to face Burnley on Saturday.

August 4, 2014

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Smalling did not play in Saturday's Guinness International Champions Cup match against Real Madrid due to a minor knock, reports.

The injury does not appear serious, although Smalling will need to get fit if he wants to secure a spot in Louis van Gaal's starting XI.

June 17, 2014

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Rumors have surfaced that Arsenal may be looking into the possibility of bringing a Manchester United player to the team and are monitoring Smalling's situation, according to the Daily Mail.

While the news is nothing more than a rumor at this point, it will be interesting to see what Smalling's role will be under new manager Louis van Gaal, and whether or not he is a major part of the back line.