sidelined through injury.
Unfortunately, Chris also spent time in the treatment room that season and missed a selection of fixtures as a result of various problems, including a groin strain, a bout of tonsillitis, a nasty head wound and a broken foot, which meant Euro 2012 was a no-go.
Metatarsal surgery meant his 2012/13 season did not start until November's dramatic 3-2 win at Aston Villa and he made five further starts before the New Year.
Operating at both centre and right-back, his versatility proved crucial during the title run-in as he helped keep four of six clean sheets in February and March. But unfortunately another injury, sustained at Sunderland, ended a stop-start campaign which yielded just 23 appearances - the lowest of his three seasons.
Nonetheless, Smalling picked up his second championship crown and with the vast majority of his career ahead of him, looks set to enjoy a trophy-laden career at the Theatre of Dreams.