Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling has been ruled out for at least a month with a broken toe, according to the Daily Mail.
The report claims Smalling is likely to miss United’s next 7 games in all competitions, but the injury could even rule him out of action until the end of the year.
Jose Mourinho reportedly asked Smalling to play through the pain barrier in the embarrassing defeat at Chelsea last month and questioned the 26-year-old’s commitment after the win over Swansea City last weekend.
It seems like Mourinho’s harsh comments were unfounded and the Portuguese manager now faces severe defensive headache.
Smalling’s reported injury comes at the worst possible time for United, as Eric Bailly has already been ruled out of action until the end of the year with an ankle ligament injury.
It appears as though Smalling has joined United’s injury list as well, which could force Mourinho to sign another centre-back in January.
Manchester United have been linked with moves for Atletico Madrid’s JoseGimenez and Southampton’s VirgilVan Dijk in the past few weeks and are reportedly expected to splash the cash in the next transfer window.