Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is set to undergo a scan after sustaining a groin injury during the club's Champions League defeat at the hands of Wolfsburg last night, according to Goal.com.
As the Red Devils crashed out of Europe against their German counterparts, the England international received treatment from the club's medical staff with 13 minutes remaining.
However, with Louis van Gaal having already made three changes, the former Fulham man opted to remain on the pitch. Unsurprisingly, the struggling 26-year-old was moved up top as the Red Devils chased a goal.
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The United hierarchy will now be hoping that Smalling won't be out of action for a lengthy period of time. The defender has been the club's outstanding outfield player this season, so fans of the Red Devils will be hoping that this injury isn't too serious.
With the likes of Wayne Rooney, Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw and Phil Jones on the sidelines, United can't afford to lose Smalling.
Despite a tricky night in Germany, Smalling has been United's most consistent player throughout the course of the season. The defender has been a permanent fixture in the United side this season and can have a huge impact over the coming months.
In fact, Smalling and Co. have kept nine clean sheets in 15 league outings this term and possess the best defensive record in the division. The player's role in the side really shouldn't be underestimated; he has become the club's leader recently.
United fans will be disheartened after last night's European failure, but there's no reason why the club won't be able to step up in their pursuit of the Premier League title.
Manchester United fans: has Smalling been your club's best player this season? Have your say below!
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