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Chris Smalling will out of action for up to ten weeks following a broken metatarsal sustained last Wednesday (in training) Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed. Smalling injured his groin towards the end of last season, which ruled him out for Euro 2012 and the Great Britain football team for the Olympics. Ferguson had recently revealed that he expected Smalling to be fit for the Premier League opener away at Everton on 20th August, but he will have to wait until October to get his young defender back in the starting line up.
Chris Smalling was signed in January 2010 from Fulham and has made 63 appearances for United in that time. Naturally a central defender, Ferguson has often deployed United’s number 12 as a right back – especially against sides who are physically strong. He made 23 starts last season for United.
Ferguson was quoted as saying:
“It is a bad blow for the boy because he missed the end of the season with a groin injury
We thought we had him on the right road to recovery and he gets another injury, which is bad news.
He got it in training on Wednesday, was diagnosed on Thursday and we decided to operate last night.
Normally with a metatarsal you are looking at between 10 weeks and three months.
He is only 21. He is young. Hopefully he gets over it.”
United have had plenty of injury concerns to central defenders over the past twelve months, with skipper Nemanja Vidic ruled out last November for rest of the 2011/12 season, Sir Alex Ferguson would have been desperately trying to kick start the 2012/13 campaign with his first choice backline. Along with the Serbian, Phil Jones and Rio Ferdinand will all be competing for a starting berth at Goodison Park on August 20th. Jonny Evans is unlikely to be fit for the trip.
Do United have enough defensive cover for the opening game against Everton? Who would be your starting back four?
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