Chris Smalling Not Going To Euro 2012

Smalling will not be representing England in the tournament.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Chris Smalling will be missing out on the Euro 2012 tournament after suffering a groin injury in United's victory against Swansea last week.

Ferguson said: "Chris has suffered a bad injury. It is a groin muscle injury and he will miss the European Championships.

"We are assessing what to do at the moment but it is a bad injury."

Smalling was seen limping during the closing stages of United's 2-0 win but the severity of his injury was unknown. Although new England coach Roy Hodgson has yet to announce the team he will be taking to the tournament, Smalling was considered to be a definite addition. 

Rio Ferdinand and Gylfi Sigurdsson - Manchester United v Swansea City - Premier League

Ferguson also announced that Rio Ferdinand and Danny Welbeck would be available to play in the tournament despite them also picking up injuries, with Ferguson saying that Welbeck is "still out now" but would be fit to play for the national squad.

Smalling's injury will also mean that he will be unable to play in United's last game of the season against Sunderland on Sunday (May 13). 

Hodgson is set to announce a provisional 23-man squad for the Euro tournament on Wednesday (May 16), although the squad can be altered if he discovers that any more players are suffering from injuries/fitness worries.


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