Chris Smalling hands Man United a timely boost ahead of Watford trip

Chris Smalling is declared fit and ready for Manchester United's Premier League clash at Watford on Saturday

Chris Smalling has declared himself “fighting fit” as Manchester United prepare for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Watford.

There were concerns about the defender’s fitness among Red Devils fans in recent days after the centre-half limped off in the closing stages of England’s 2-0 friendly win over France at Wembley on Tuesday night.

However, Smalling has declared himself as 100 per cent fit as Louis van Gaal’s men prepare to turn their attentions back to the Premier League against the Hornets at Vicarage Road on Saturday lunchtime.

Smalling told United’s website: “I’m fighting fit and I’m feeling good to go again.

“It’s nice that this run keeps on going and, more importantly, that the performances keep going because you can play every game but you must make that impact. I’m looking forward to making another impact on Saturday.”

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The news will come as a boost for United, who head to Watford with six key players out of action.

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Wayne Rooney (illness), Anthony Martial (ankle), Michael Carrick (ankle), Marouane Fellaini (unknown), Luke Shaw (broken leg) and Antonio Valencia (ankle) will all miss the lunchtime kick-off.

United head into the game in fourth place in the Premier League table and two points behind leaders Manchester City.

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