English Premiership

Smalling blow for Man United

2012-07-21 15:56
Chris Smalling (File)

Manchester - Manchester United announced that defender Chris Smalling will miss the start of the English Premier League season after undergoing a foot operation that will rule him out for up to 10 weeks.

Smalling, who was just recovering from a groin injury sustained in May that ruled him out of the European Championships, broke a metatarsal earlier this week.

United manager Alex Ferguson says "he got an injury on the Wednesday and, straight away, we decided to have the operation so he's out ... it could be 10 weeks."

The central defender would have competed for a place in United's starting lineup for their opening game of the new league season at Everton on August 20.

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