Reports broke on Monday morning that Chris Smalling had been injured while learning how to surf while on holiday in Bali but they were quickly quashed by an official statement from Manchester United.
The statement said Smalling had suffered some food poisoning and fainted which was why he had been taken to hospital as a precaution more than anything else.
However, a picture has now been released online of Smalling’s facial injuries. They certainly look a bit nasty for somebody who only fainted:
In the interest of not being cynical, we’re going to believe United’s story about Smalling fainting rather than thinking it was an attempt to cover up something else but I’m sure Smalling will be back in action in no time at all. That being said, they certainly look like nasty gashes on his forehead.
Having been away with England for Euro 2016, Smalling will be given a slightly longer summer break but fans should expect to see him back at Man United at least a week before the beginning of our 2016 pre-season tour of China.