The Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has said that he wants to end his bad luck when it comes to injuries as soon as possible.

The defender only recently returned to first team action after spending several months on the injury table. He has not played for Manchester United since the end of last season, while also missing crucial matches and tournaments. He was not part of the Euro 2012 as well. A thigh injury has kept him out of action for this long, but he has made a successful return to the first-team and has so far made 12 appearances for the club.

He is hoping that his injury troubles behind him and he can play in the first-team regular basis. The defender was a £ 12 million signing from Fulham a few seasons ago. Smalling has said that he feels that he is closer to getting his rhythm back. He has said that it is usual for a player to struggle immediately after returning from a long-term injury, but he is hoping that his performances for the team in the last few matches have not gone unnoticed. Smalling has also said that it is not easy for a player to miss the pre-season and catch up with the team at a later stage.

“I feel good. I’ve been able to play a few games now and it’s just a case of keeping that going. The more games you have the more you get into a rhythm and the more confident you feel. I just want to stay injury-free now and hopefully go on a good run (of playing games). There are lots of important matches coming up. It’s been one of the worst (injury setbacks) I’ve had. It started at the end of last season,” said Smalling on the official site of United.