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25-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    

April 22, 2015    Rafael News

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Rafael will miss the rest of the season after he broke three ribs in an Under 21 match against Leicester City on Monday, reports the Daily Mail.

Rafael hasn't been a regular starter for manager Louis van Gaal, but will now not have a chance of returning to the side before the end of the campaign. The injury is expected to keep him out for up to six weeks.

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April 20, 2015

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Rafael suffered a rib injury in the first half of Monday's U-21 match, the club's official website reports.

Rafael took a knee to his ribs and immediately came off. While he was a consistent starter earlier this season, those days are long gone and an injury absence isn't likely to change manager Louis van Gaal's plans much.

January 23, 2015

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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.

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.