Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling ‘rushed to hospital’ after bout of food poisoning causes him to faint on holiday in Bali
- A picture has emerged of Chris Smalling on a hospital gurney in Bali
- Photograph shows medical notes including Smalling’s correct date of birth
- Manchester United say 26-year-old fainted after suffering food poisoning
- A second image shows a three-inch cut above the defender’s right eye
Chris Smalling was left with a nasty three-inch gash just above his right eye while on holiday in Bali.
Alarming pictures emerged of the Manchester United defender – currently on the Indonesian island with his partner, Sam Cooke – as he was rushed to hospital.
United said Smalling had fainted and fallen, taking a bang to the head, after a severe bout of food poisoning.
Chris Smalling receives treatment on a facial wound while on holiday on the Indonesian island of Bali
Another image has been posted on social media showing Smalling attached to a drip. The defender appears to be signing some Manchester United merchandise
The picture also included medical notes, including the Manchester United man’s correct date of birth
The 26-year-old was seen to have bandages to his head, neck and left hand while lying on a gurney signing an autograph on a replica United shirt.
Smalling was given the all-clear by doctors, has resumed his holiday and will return to Carrington as planned later this month.
He was afforded three weeks off in line with club policy following England’s humiliating Euro 2016 exit, and is due to link-up with Jose Mourinho’s squad ahead of their pre-season tour in China.
A statement released on the club’s official website read: ‘Manchester United can clarify Chris Smalling has had food poisoning during his holiday which resulted in him fainting on Sunday.
‘The 26-year-old defender was taken to the hospital and is now feeling fine.
‘Smalling is currently on vacation following his time with England at Euro 2016 before reporting back for pre-season training later this month.’
A statement from Smalling’s representatives, Wasserman Media Group, read: ‘Following pictures that have been circulating online this morning and contrary to unfounded media speculation we can confirm that Chris was taken to hospital after fainting due to a severe case of food poisoning while on holiday in Bali.
Smalling and partner Sam Cooke often spend time in Bali and the pair are currently on holiday after Euro 2016
The central defender started for the Three Lions in their 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the last-16
‘Chris would like to thank everyone for their well wishes and is now feeling fine.’
The central defender travelled to Asia after England were dumped out of the European Championship by Iceland.
Smalling often spends time relaxing in Bali with his partner. Claims that he was surfing when the accident happened are understood not to be correct.
Smalling is taking time out prior to returning to United to start work ahead of the new Premier League season
The photograph on social media includes medical notes with his correct date of birth.
Mourinho is back at Carrington this week as United’s squad return to the club ahead of the new season, although many of those who participated in international competitions have been afforded leave.
Mourinho arrived in Manchester late on Sunday night as he bids to narrow the gap between themselves and their Premier League rivals. He is set to speak publicly for the first time as United boss on Tuesday.
Smalling has been given the all-clear by doctors after being assessed on the Indonesian island