Man United's Smalling sets sights on Villa after injury woe
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Chris Smalling says he is anxious to make up for lost time as he targets a Premier League return for leaders Manchester United at Aston Villa on Saturday.
The England international defender made his first competitive appearance for six months as Alex Ferguson's side came from behind to defeat Braga 3-1 in Portugal on Wednesday to seal a place in the Champions League knockout phase.
Now the 22-year-old, who emerged unscathed from a full 90-minute outing, is eager to return to domestic action, and has set his sights on a starting place against struggling Villa after putting his injury troubles behind him.
Smalling has described missing the start of the season with a broken metatarsal as one of his most frustrating spells since joining United from Fulham in the summer of 2010 for 10 million pounds (S$20 million).