Van Gaal: Smalling has a suspected muscle tear

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal has confirmed Chris Smalling will undergo more scans on the injury he sustained against Southampton but suspects he has torn his muscle.

Smalling had to be substituted at before half-time after going down holding his leg and there were immediately fears among fans about how long he will be out for, given that he was in the middle of a mini renaissance with his form.

At this stage it doesn’t look very good for Smalling and he could face another extended period on the sidelines.

Despite only returning from an injury, Smalling looks set to go back to the treatment table where he seems to spend more time than in the first team altogether.

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