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24-Year-Old Defender     Manchester United  Premier      Full Name: Rafael Pereira da Silva


Birthdate:  July 9, 1990    Birthplace:  Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    Nationality:  Brazil    Height:  5' 8"    Weight:  176 lbs    

January 23, 2015    Rafael News

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Rafael (face) was available off the bench for Friday's FA Cup match against Cambridge United, but he did not end up playing.

Rafael had been sidelined with a broken cheekbone, but even a return to fitness couldn't get him on the pitch. With a nearly fully-fit squad, it's unclear if Rafael will be able to fight his way back into manager Louis van Gaal's starting lineup.

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Rafael: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

January 11, 2015

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Rafael was not in the 18-man squad to face Southampton on Sunday, as he is still recovering from a broken cheekbone.

Manager Louis van Gaal had a nearly-fully fit side heading into the match, so it's unclear if Rafael would have played anyway.

January 9, 2015

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Manager Louis van Gaal said Friday that Rafael has recovered after having surgery on his cheekbone, but he may be held out of Sunday's match against Southampton.

Given the hesitancy to clear him, it wouldn't be surprising if Rafael was kept on the bench, if he's even in the 18-man squad, for the Saints match, with a potential return coming Jan. 17 against QPR at Loftus Road.

January 5, 2015

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal confirmed Rafael suffered a facial fracture in the first half of the team's 2-0 win over Yeovil, reports Sky Sports.

Rafael was withdrawn at halftime due to the injury, and the manager praised the defender for his toughness. There is no word on how long he will be out quite yet.

December 21, 2014

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Rafael (groin) was an unused substitute for Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday.

Rafael missed only two full months with a groin injury, and likely wasn't going to get back in the starting XI in his first match back. With United suddenly healthy in the back, Rafael could find regular playing time tough to come by.

November 11, 2014

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Van Gaal left open the possibility that Rafael could be available off the bench, though that surely limits his fantasy value as a defender.

November 2, 2014

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Rafael is out for Sunday's Manchester derby after picking up a knock, ESPN FC reports.

Antonio Valencia will replace Rafael on Sunday, and while he'll be responsible for sending crosses in, his fantasy value isn't great given the City attack and his midfield position in most fantasy games.

September 14, 2014

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Rafael has overcome a groin injury and is in the starting XI for Manchester United's Premier League match against QPR on Sunday.

Rafael was not expected to be part of manager Louis van Gaal's plans for the season, but with so many questions on the back line, the Dutchman will at least see what Rafael can do against one of the weaker sides in the Premier League.