Smalling ruled out of Euro 2012
Source: GETTY IMAGE
Manchester United have confirmed that defender Chris Smalling will miss Euro 2012 with a groin injury.
Smalling suffered the injury in United’s 2-0 win over Swansea, Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed, "Chris has suffered a bad injury. It is a groin muscle injury and he'll miss the European Championship."
The 22-year-old was initially available for this weekend’s game with Sunderland, but Ferguson confirmed that he would not be part of Hodgson’s squad after failing to recover from his injury.
“He’s going to miss the European Championship. At the moment we're assessing what we'll do, but certainly it's a bad injury.”
Striker Danny Welbeck will miss United’s final game of the season with an ankle injury but Ferguson said, "He should be fit for the Euros."
Smalling arrived at Old Trafford from Fulham in January 2010 for £10m, since his arrival this season the youngster has excelled at the club and his absence is a big blow for Hodgson, as Smalling can play in central defence or at right-back depending on where his manager needs him.
United’s defender whose played for England’s Under-20 and Under-21’s, has also made three caps who the nationals senior team – making his debut in the 3-0 Euro 2012 qualifying victory in Bulgaria on 2 September 2011.
Roy Hodgson is due to announce his 23-man squad for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine on Wednesday, 16 May.