Rafael confirmed late on Tuesday that he successfully underwent surgery after fracturing his cheekbone during the FA Cup win over Yeovil Town on Sunday with the full-back announcing that he would join the main group in training on Friday.
Just when it seemed congestion in the Manchester United treatment room was beginning to ease the busy festive fixture schedule has taken its toll with another four players added to the injury list within the last seven days.
Rafael has been passed fit for Manchester United's Week 16 match with bitter rivals Liverpool.
Rafael Da Silva will miss Manchester United's Week 11 match-up with Crystal Palace after failing to recover from the knock that kept him out of the Manchester derby.
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Rafael has performed solidly since returning to the Manchester United line-up and Week 6 was his best performance to date.
Interim manager Ryan Giggs won't have Rafael available for his first match in charge as the Brazilian right back continues to suffer from a hamstring complaint.
Rafael's hamstring injury has persisted with the right back to miss Manchester United's match with Champions League hopefuls Everton.
Right-back Rafael joined Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic in training with the Manchester United first team.
Rafael Da Silva came off early on Saturday at Craven Cottage with an ankle injury and will miss United's mid-week trip to Spain as a result.
Rafael was one of three halftime changes that Manchester United was forced to make against Fulham. His ankle injury, with possible ligament damage is perhaps the most worrying for the club.
After approximately a month on the sidelines, Rafael Da Silva returned to the Manchester United starting line-up for the Capital One Cup match against Liverpool.
Rafael was withdrawn early in the first half of the Community Shield match on Sunday after suffering from a hamstring injury.
Manchester United have agreed on a deal for Uruguayan U20 right back Guillermo Varela.