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Rafael Da Silva | Defensemen

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 176

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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.
Manchester United's defense has quietly taken far longer to recover than initially thought and Rafael continues to linger on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. With United in need of a win to boost morale after the sacking of David Moyes, the Brazilian won't be able to contribute. This shouldn't be a major concern against lowly Norwich City but the overall trend of defensive injuries lingering should be of at least some concern should it continue. Apr 25 - 4:56 PM

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Rafael's hamstring injury has persisted with the right back to miss Manchester United's match with Champions League hopefuls Everton.

Manchester United's back line has been hard hit by injuries in recent months and Rafael's lingering hamstring injury has been no exception. Like teammate Jonny Evans, Rafael's return to the line-up has been expected for a number of weeks but it seems highly unlikely to actually happen this week. While reports have the Brazilian close to returning it would be foolish to put too much stock into a Week 36 return given the reported probability of return for the last couple weeks.
Apr 19 - 7:43 AM

Right-back Rafael joined Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic in training with the Manchester United first team.

Vidic we know won't play against Bayer Leverkusen but Rafael and Jones may play some part. Rafael's return, in particular, is important as he's the club's only specialist right-back with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones filling in in his absence.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 06:15:00 PM

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.

Manchester United flew to Spain for their Champions League match with Real Sociedad minus injured players Danny Welbeck, Jonny Evans, Michael Carrick, and Rafael. Carrick and Welbeck were both absent for the Fulham match but both Rafael and Evans were both taken off injured during the match. While neither player will feature for United in mid-week, it isn't clear whether they will be fit in time for Sunday's showdown with Arsenal at Old Trafford. Stay tuned for more news later in the week.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 04:28:00 PM

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.

Rafael will miss United's Champions League tie against Real Sociedad and is an early doubt for next weekend's big match against Arsenal. Phil Jones or Chris Smalling would be in line to deputize for the Brazilian, depending on where they might be needed in central defence or midfield.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 10:03:00 AM

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 Da Silva, who came off of the Community Shield match with a hamstring injury in mid-August, has returned to the starting line-up for Manchester United today against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup. It remains to be seen how David Moyes lines up the United defense in the Premier League with Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, and Rafael all restored to health. The only sure thing at the back for this weekend would appear to be Patrice Evra on the left.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 03:28:00 PM

Rafael was withdrawn early in the first half of the Community Shield match on Sunday after suffering from a hamstring injury.

Early reports out of Old Trafford indicate that Rafael will be out until mid-September with the injury leaving the right back spot a question mark for the defending champions. Options to replace the Brazilian are Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, and newcomer Guillermo Varela. The smart money is on a back four of Smalling, Vidic, Evans and Evra with Phil Jones working with Michael Carrick at the base of midfield.
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 09:26:00 AM

Manchester United have agreed on a deal for Uruguayan U20 right back Guillermo Varela.

Manchester United already have a young right back in Rafael Da Silva who played well this season, a veteran deputy in Antonio Valencia and a young third choice/utility player that can play right back in Phil Jones. Given these circumstances, Varela is likely to be one for the future rather than a player that is going to figure in the first team this season.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 05:32:00 PM