Manchester: England defender Chris Smalling will miss the European Championship because of a groin injury he sustained during a Manchester United match, the club's manager Alex Ferguson said on Friday.
Ferguson said Smalling got injured during last weekend's victory over Swansea. He said the player "has suffered a bad injury. It is a groin muscle injury and he will miss the European Championship."
United teammate and a France international Patrice Evra said there is an upside to Smalling's injury with the French side facing England in their Euro 2012 opener on June 11 in Ukraine.