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Roma fear that center-back Chris Smalling has suffered another setback on his return from injury after the former Manchester United defender stopped training on Sunday morning, according to recent reports.
Smalling hasn’t played for Roma in any competition since September as he’s been suffering from a tendon problem all season. The 34-year-old came on as a substitute in the 4-2 defeat by league leaders Inter at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday, but was left on the bench by Daniele De Rossi. It was his first appearance for the team since the 2-1 defeat to AC Milan on September 9. However, according to Corriere dello Sport, Smalling had to cut short his training session on Sunday after feeling some discomfort during practice. Smalling reportedly took part in the warm-up and lined up to take part in Roma’s tactical exercises, but left the pitch shortly afterwards. Heavy rain, which made the training ground at Trigoria soggy, may also have contributed to Smalling’s decision to withdraw early from Sunday’s training session, as the conditions could have presented an unnecessary risk, Il Corriere reports.