Chris Smalling’s return postponed after latest diagnosis reveals chronic knee injury

Andy Mattioli

Chris Smalling is back to square one in his recovery from a chronic injury which forced him to miss the last two months of action.

The Roma defender is not doing well and seems to be destined to remain out for a lengthy period of time.

Following his medical consultation in London, Il Messaggero reports that Smalling underwent further tests at Villa Stuart in Rome including an MRI which revealed acute chondropathy – disease of the cartilage – of the patellar tendon.

This, in turn, has forced Roma to further extend his plan for recovery and thus his long-awaited return to the pitch.

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