Just when Chris Smalling though his summer couldn’t get any worse, it’s been reported that the Manchester United defender ended up in hospital after doing himself a wrong’n while on holiday in Indonesia.
According to Manchester Evening News writer Samuel Luckhurst, Smalling suffered a “freak” injury while on his jollies in Bali, JUST 146 HOURS after England crashed out of Euro 2016 to Iceland.
On Chris Smalling’s supposedly freakish injury on holiday in Bali, told #mufc are ‘investigating’.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) July 4, 2016
Extraneous reports on social media are claiming that Smalling injured himself while learning to surf, while The Sun even throw the possibility of a jellyfish sting into the mix – “doing a Julio Arca“, as it’s known in the trade.
UPDATE: Manchester United have released an official statement to clarify that Smalling was stricken with a bout of food poisoning which caused him to faint.
There is a photo circulating which appears to show the defender autographing a United jersey while lying on a hospital trolley with his head bandaged and his neck braced…
All in all, a great start to pre-season.