Chris Smalling photographed with cuts in forehead after Bali injury

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Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling was rushed to a hospital in Bali.

Pictures emerged of the 26-year-old on a stretcher after taking a turn for the worse.

His club released a statement denying rumours that he had been stung by a jellyfish. According to United, Smalling had been struck by a bout of food poisoning.


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However, a new image has surfaced of the former Fulham defender in hospital that seems to confirm that food poisoning had nothing to do with it.

The image, which can been seen below, shows Smalling with cuts across his forehead and a deep gash in his right eyebrow.

The picture isn’t for the squeamish…

Food poisoning, huh? Yeah, right.


Folk on social media claimed Smalling fell off his surfboard. Perhaps we’ll never know the true cause of the injury.

United’s statement read: “Manchester United can clarify Chris Smalling has had food poisoning during his holiday which resulted in him fainting on Sunday.  

“The 26-year-old defender was taken to the hospital and is now feeling fine.

“Smalling is currently on vacation in Bali following his time with England at Euro 2016 before reporting back for pre-season training later this month.

“Chris would like to thank everyone for their well wishes.”

England's embarrassing Euro 2016

Smalling was a part of the England team that suffered an embarrassing exit at the hands of Iceland at Euro 2016.

The fallout to the 2-1 defeat, which led to the resignation of manager Roy Hodgson, continued today with The Times claiming Guus Hiddink is seeking discussions with the FA about the vacant role.

According to football correspondent Matt Hughes, the former Chelsea boss will pitch himself as a “stabilising influence” for a two-year run.

Glenn's perfect candidate

FA chief executive Martin Glenn outlined the preferred credentials of the next England manager last Tuesday.

“An ideal mix is somebody who has had experience of the English game, ideally at a significant level. That is what you would look for,” Glenn said, per The Guardian.

“I won’t be drawn [on specific names] but track records are clearly a very important part of any process.”

And Hiddink, who has experience managing at international level, as well as in the Champions League and Premier League, ticks those boxes.

Big task

The next manager has a big job on their hands.

England entered Euro 2016 off the back of 10-straight qualification wins and an impressive 3-2 win over Germany in March, but lacked any sort of direction in France.

Hodgson’s questionable tactics aside, that they weren’t able to beat Iceland highlights a huge concern.

Who should England appoint as their next manager? Let us know in the comments section below!

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