Man Utd's Chris Smalling out for month with broken toe

Manchester United's Chris Smalling
Smalling signed for United from Fulham in 2010

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling faces a month on the sidelines with a broken toe.

"He has a small fracture and I think he'll be out for a month," said manager Sir Alex Ferguson of the 21-year-old, who did not take part in United's 1-0 win over Everton on Saturday.

Another absentee, Ashley Young, will be out for two weeks with a toe problem.

Midfielder Tom Cleverley, substituted with an ankle problem against Everton, should be fit for next Saturday's game.

The United manager told club channel MUTVexternal-link Cleverley's problem was not too serious and that he was taken off as a precaution.

"He's felt his ankle again - it's nothing serious, just tightness and tiredness," he said.

"It's his first real game back, although he played on Tuesday [at Aldershot] of course. He should be OK next week [against Sunderland] and it was an excellent performance from him in the first half."

He added: "Ashley's injury is not going away so he could be out for a couple of weeks."

The injury to Smalling means he is likely to miss England's forthcoming friendlies against Spain and Denmark at Wembley in mid-November.

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