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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    

September 14, 2014    Rafael News

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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.

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

August 24, 2014

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Despite returning to fitness from a groin injury, Rafael was not in the 18-man squad to face Sunderland on Sunday.

Rafael is clearly not in the plans of new manager Louis van Gaal and if he's looking for a better opportunity to play, it will likely have to come away from Old Trafford.

August 16, 2014

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Rafael (groin) is unavailable for Manchester United's Premier League opener against Swansea City on Saturday.

Rafael was reportedly deemed fit following his groin injury, but he always seemed to be on the outside looking in with Louis van Gaal's plans this season, and despite numerous injuries to the back line, Rafael will stay away from the pitch Saturday.

August 15, 2014

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Rafael has recovered from the groin injury he suffered during the Guinness International Champions Cup in the United States last month and he will be available for Saturday's Premier League opener against Swansea City, ESPN FC reports.

Rafael is clearly not in new manager Louis van Gaal's plans for this season, but he may be forced to put Rafael on the field due to numerous injuries throughout the team sheet, but specifically on the defensive side. Rafael is a decent weekly play if he starts, but his long-term value is limited if he stays at United.

July 28, 2014

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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.

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.