Renato Sanches, Chris Smalling nearing return to group training

Andy Mattioli

Daniele De Rossi could soon welcome back Renato Sanches and Chris Smalling in training.

The two players have been largely unavailable this season due to persisting injuries keeping them out of action.

According to Corriere dello Sport, however, the situation may soon change.

Renato Sanches is closest to a full return to group training and match fitness as he continues to nurse an ankle injury.

Smalling on the other hand is well behind in his recovery, but could be reintegrated with the rest of the team starting from Sunday onwards at least for the athletic portion of training without the ball.

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