Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has indicated that Chris Smalling is set to make his first appearance of the season in Wednesday night's Champions League Group H clash with Braga.

Smalling, sidelined this term by a broken metatarsal, was included in United's travelling party for the game at the Estadio AXA having stepped up his rehabilitation in training. And speaking at Tuesday evening's pre-match press conference, Ferguson revealed that he is intending for the England international to be "involved".

Asked for an update on Smalling and fellow defender Phil Jones, who is also yet to play this campaign due to back and knee problems, Ferguson said: "Phil Jones will start training with us next Monday which is good news - he is making really good progress now. Chris Smalling is with the party and will be involved tomorrow."

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