Smalling an injury doubt for Man Utd

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is a major doubt for Sunday’s game with Tottenham after a head injury for England on Wednesday, The Manchester Evening News reports.

Smalling was taken to hospital following a sickening collision with Holland striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar at Wembley, where England lost 3-2. The United man left the pitch on a stretcher following the incident and was conscious when taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men look to keep the pressure on Manchester City this weekend and will need to beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane, which is a difficult fixture.

Ferguson is well covered in defence with Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones all fit and available for selection. Smalling was considered to be playing right back at White Hart Lane in an attempt to deal with the threat of Gareth Bale on Tottenham’s left hand side.

United midfielder Darren Fletcher is another player on the long-term injury list at Old Trafford with a bowel disorder, but the Scotsman has broken his silence over the matter. Fletcher said: ‘I’m okay. I’m taking all my medication and listening to the doctor. It’s a week-by-week situation, so I’ve not got any timescale on recovery, but the target for me is next season now. If I can come back, then that would be great for me’.

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