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


STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Groin    EST. RETURN:  Unknown
Birthdate:  July 9, 1990    Birthplace:  Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality:  Brazil    Height:  5' 8"    Weight:  176 lbs    

July 28, 2014    Rafael News

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Rafael was forced to leave Manchester United's preseason tour of the United States to return to Manchester for treatment on his groin injury, reports Sky Sports.

Manchester United won another match on the tour against Roma on Saturday, and Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are both in contention to replace the young Brazilian.

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

July 26, 2014

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Rafael suffered a groin injury during Friday's training session in Denver and he will not play in Saturday's friendly against Roma, ESPN FC reports.

Rafael appears to be on the outside looking in on the starting XI this season, especially with Louis van Gaal tinkering with a possible 3-5-2 formation, starting Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans in the back. If van Gaal goes through with it, Rafael will have a significantly decreased fantasy value.

April 18, 2014

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Rafael has been ruled out of Sunday's match against Everton due to a thigh injury, the club's official web site reports.

This weekend's match wasn't a great clean sheet opportunity for Rafael anyway, so his absence shouldn't bother too many fantasy teams. However, United have three straight home matches against Norwich, Sunderland and Hull City after this weekend, which are certainly more encouraging matchups for the defender, if he can return to fitness.

April 1, 2014

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Despite saying he would be fit for Tuesday's Champions League match against Bayern Munich, Rafael (thigh) is not in the 18.

Rafeal's next shot to play comes Saturday against Newcastle on the road.

March 31, 2014

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Rafael picked up a knock to his thigh during Saturday's Premier League match against Aston Villa, but said he is fit to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, ESPN FC reports.

This is a big boost for United, who are waiting on late fitness tests for Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans.

March 30, 2014

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Rafael came off at halftime of Saturday's match against Aston Villa after picking up a knock, the club's official web site reports.

The timing couldn't be any worse for United, with Rafael now a legitimate injury doubt for Tuesday's Champions League match against Bayern Munich. In addition, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are still on the sidelines, although both will be given late fitness tests ahead of Tuesday's match.

March 28, 2014

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Rafael apologized to Manchester United fans after the team's loss Tuesday to Manchester City and insisted that the team would return to where it belongs, according to the Mirror.

Rafael has been a regular in Manchester United's back line this season, and has often been cautioned on some of his challenges. The team continues to work through its darkest season and is set for major changes this summer.

March 14, 2014

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Rafael, who has an ankle injury, may be able to face Liverpool on Sunday, ESPN FC reports.

Rafael suffered his injury near the end of United's match against West Brom last weekend, but has trained enough to put himself in contention to play. He will certainly be needed against the powerful Liverpool attack, although his fantasy prospects remain low because of the opponent.