Smalling set to hand Man Utd boost by returning to training

Chris Smalling is set provide Sir Alex Ferguson with a huge relief to his current defensive crisis as the young England international has returned to full training after being ruled out since the end of last season with a broken foot, an injury that cost him his place at Euro 2012 with the national side.

Indeed, according to the Daily Mail, Smalling’s progress is such that he could even feature on the bench in his side’s clash at Newcastle on Sunday afternoon to help ease the Red Devil’s defensive misery. That has seen Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans as United’s only two fit centre-backs, with the latter seemingly being forced to play in United’s midweek Champions League victory over CFR Cluj despite carrying an injury.

Ferguson’s men have struggled defensively this season and have only kept two clean sheets in all competitions thus far, both coming at Old Trafford and following their first defeat at home to Tottenham in 23 years in their last league outing, will be eager to get back to winning ways at the Sports Direct Arena this weekend.

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