Evra finds silver lining in Manchester United's Smalling injury woe

French defender has found some personal pleasure in the news that his current team-mate has been ruled out of England's Euro 2012 campaign after aggravating a groin problem
Manchester United and France left-back Patrice Evra has looked at the postives in the recent admission that Chris Smalling will miss out on Euro 2012.

Whilst he was by no means guaranteed a spot in Roy Hodgson's squad, the left-back has admitted that Smalling's absence with a groin injury will be of great benefit to France, who England will meet in their opening game of Euro 2012.

"Chris is one of the strongest defenders we have at United," Evra told the club's official website. "I'm really sad for him but, to be fair, I'm happy he won't play against me and France in the Euros!

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"I have to be honest: When he told me he was injured and would miss the game against Sunderland, I said: 'No Chris, we need you'.

"And then he told me he'd also miss the Euros and I just said, 'Thanks! Well done!' You always have to find the silver lining."

United's medical staff will now look to decide upon the best course of treatment for Smalling, but the extent of the injury could also see him miss out on a possible Olympic spot which he is eligible and shortlisted for.