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Playing rhythm helps confidence: Manchester United’s Chris Smalling back in swing of things after injury woe

By Chris Bailey

Budding centrehalf Chris Smalling is looking to go from strength to strength after a frustrating spell on Manchester United’s sidelines.

Following last year’s promising campaign – in which he made his international debut for England – the 23-year-old broke his foot, ruling him out of action until November.

But with a run of first-team action over the last two months, Smalling insists he is building a head of steam as the Red Devils turn their focus onto the second half of the season.

“I feel good,” he said. “I’ve been able to play a few games now and it’s just a case of keeping that going.

“The more games you have the more you get into a rhythm and the more confident you feel.

“I just want to stay injury-free now and hopefully go on a good run as there are lots of important matches coming up.”

Despite a period without Smalling’s services, United have marched on – securing a knockout berth in the Champions League and leading the Premier League by seven points over arch-rivals Manchester City.

The England defender credits the fearsome options the Red Devils have at their disposal, which he believes adds a lot of depth to the squad.

“It’s exciting to come back into the team particularly when you look at options we’ve got,” said Smalling.

“Even when the manager rotates things as he does sometimes the players coming in are players a lot of top clubs would want. It’s good to see we’ve got such a strong squad.”

Picture courtesy of Dave the Pap, with thanks

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