Chris Smalling injures thigh in training as Manchester United’s injury crisis deepens

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United have been given even more defensive injury concerns as Chris Smalling injured his thigh in training, according to the Daily Mail.

Smalling returned for United’s game against Leicester City at the weekend after he replaced the injured Jonny Evans but reports suggest he could be joining the Northern Irishman on the sidelines.

Prior to any injury to Smalling, United were already defensively thin in numbers thanks to the double injury of Phil Jones and Evans, and Tyler Blackett is suspended for the game against West Ham after his red card at the weekend.

If Smalling is indeed ruled out as well then United might have to line up with Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind in defence up against a powerful West Ham side who carry so much aerial threat.

As for United, the current situation is very much akin to when Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones were out of action previously which forced Michael Carrick into a centre-back role but not even he is available for selection now.

Looking at options, there is one solution which could come from United’s Under-21s captain Tom Thorpe and we’ll be discussing precisely why in a feature later this week.

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