Roma Mull January Exit for Oft-Injured Defensive Pillar

Chris Smalling has missed a lot of time due to a lingering tendon injury so far. Roma are growing frustrated with the situation and might consider partying ways with him in January, especially should they receive a good offer from Saudi Arabia, Il Messaggero informs (via OneFootball).

The veteran is under contract until 2025. The rehab plan devised by their staff hasn’t worked out so far. He’ll start a new one after a visit in London. He’s still in pain after several weeks on the mend.

Smalling had resumed training before the last two games, but he was ruled out and seemingly went backward. He’ll most likely miss the next three matches against Lecce, Slavia Prague, and Lazio and utilize another break to heal up.

His prolonged absence is fueling the discussions about his future within the Roma management despite his importance when fit.

Our Take on Smalling and Saudi Arabia

Even though they swim in gold, it’s hard to imagine they’d offer much for a player who’s breaking down. They need him to recover for his departure to even be an option. Even with that, the sale of a 34-year-old probably won’t fetch enough money to buy a worthy replacement. The most urgent matter at hand is whether he needs surgery. Either way, they need a new defender in January.

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