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Roma defender Chris Smalling battling to make Man Utd clash

Roma defender Chris Smalling is battling to make their clash wit Manchester United in the Europa League semi-finals.

The 31-year-old missed his side's quarter-final tie against Ajax due to knee problems.

But Gazetta dello Sport says there is a belief one of Smalling or fellow centre-back Leonardo Spinazzola will be fit for the first leg against Man Utd on April 29.

Roma will already be without defenders Marash Kumbulla and Gianluca Mancini through injury and suspension.

Earlier this week, Smalling was robbed at gunpoint in front of his wife and toddler son when three hooded men broke into his home.

The ex-England defender was sleeping when the armed thugs broke into his home and forced him to open his safe.

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