AS Roma’s England defender Chris Smalling is said to have been sidelined for three weeks after suffering a thigh injury so he will miss defending his team against Juventus and Napoli after the international break.
Unpleasant news returned to the AS Roma camp after they were again haunted by injury problems which this time again suffered by English defender Chris Smalling. Despite not being called up to the Three Lions national team for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers at the start of October, Smalling is still exposed to the injury virus.
According to reports from PagineRomaniste and Football Italia, Smalling suffered a muscle injury in his right thigh after making his first start of the season in Serie A when his team faced Empoli last weekend. I Giallorossi did manage to get a full three points with a 2-0 win but it seems that Jose Mourinho’s men had to pay for the positive result by losing the former Manchester United player.
Smalling’s injury will reportedly keep him out for at least three weeks and although the competition is currently on a short break for international action the 31-year-old defender will remain out of action for his club for a number of games. With his injury status, the 31-year-old will reportedly miss defending Roma in their next three matches against Juventus, Bodo/Glimt and Napoli.
Indeed, this season Smalling does not seem to be Mourinho’s main choice to fill the central defender position. Prior to starting against Empoli, the English player had previously only played twice in the European Conference League.
Injuries have indeed become very familiar with the former Man United player since his status was made permanent by Roma in 2020. Last season, Smalling missed 30 games through injury and so far he has missed four games for Roma.
Mourinho’s hopes are of course that Smalling can recover quickly and return to being an option to guard the defense line of the team from the capital. The existence of the English defender is important enough to at least be an option for his coach in every match.