HUGE embarrassment for Jose Mourinho after Chris Smalling is ruled out for FOUR WEEKS

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Jose Mourinho has been left red faced after it emerged that Chris Smalling will be absent for the next four weeks, so serious is the injury to his toe.

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The Manchester United manager publicly questioned Smalling’s commitment to the side after the defender made himself unavailable for last Sunday’s match against Swansea.

The Portuguese said: ‘[Smalling] doesn’t feel that he can play 100 per cent without pain’.

It’s now been revealed that Smalling has broken his toe in two places and may not play again before Christmas.

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Manchester United fixtures
Sat 19 Nov: Man Utd v Arsenal
Thu 20 Nov: Man Utd v Feyenoord (Europa)
Sun 27 Nov: Man Utd v West Ham
Wed 30 Nov: Man Utd v West Ham (EFL Cup)
Sun 4 Dec: Everton v Man Utd
Some reports suggest Mourinho demanded Smalling have pain killing injections prior to featuring in Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat to Chelsea last month. The England international has not played since.

The news is a major blow for Manchester United who are already without centre-back Eric Bailly. However Phil Jones returned to action in the game against Swansea.

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