Manchester United star Chris Smalling enjoyed a lunch date out with his heavily pregnant wife Sam on Tuesday afternoon.
The pair were spotted getting into a Mercedes 4×4 after dining out at the Allotment Vegan Eatery in Manchester city centre.
The couple, who tied the knot in the summer of 2017 against the stunning backdrop of northern Italy’s Lake Como, are preparing to become parents for the first time and revealed on New Year’s Ever their newborn will be a baby boy.
Smalling, who is yet to feature since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over at United due to a foot injury, revealed last year that becoming a vegan has helped him to stay fit.
The 29-year-old attributed the decision to give up all kinds of meat, fish and dairy products, and switch to a plant-based diet of vegetables, nuts and fruit to his wife Sam.
He is among a small number of Premier League stars who have turned vegan to improve their health and fitness, Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin.
Smalling has however been forced to watch on from the sidelines as United have managed to turn their fortunes around with six straight wins on the bounce in all competitions since Solskjaer took over the reins.
The England international, who penned a three-year extension on his Old Trafford deal just before Christmas, will hope to be given a chance to impress his new boss when he returns to full fitness.
The Norwegian has completely changed the atmosphere round the club with his biggest win to date coming at the weekend against Tottenham.
Marcus Rashford’s solitary goal was enough to earn three huge points on the road but they needed David de Gea to pull of several stunning saves to ensure they bagged the win.
United are now only six points off the Champions League qualification spots and can close the gap even further if results go their way and they pick up maximum points when they host Brighton on Saturday.