United’s defensive injury concerns have been eased slightly with news that Rafael Da Silva could make a return to first team action sooner than expected.
The Guardian notes:
The Manchester United full-back Rafael da Silva could take a significant step towards a return to the first team after Sir Alex Ferguson revealed he is considering playing the 21-year-old in the reserves against Everton on Thursday. The Brazilian has been out since August, when he had surgery on a shoulder injury.
“Rafael has been training for over a week,” Ferguson said. “It was a big operation on his shoulder and we hope we can maybe fit a game in for him – maybe the next reserve game. He’s coming along fine, there has been no setback and he has been training every day.”
Rafael’s return could prove timely, with Chris Smalling having been ruled out for a month with a fractured foot.
Rafael’s liability to get injured- or sent off- has been something of a blackmark on an otherwise promising Red career, let’s hope we can see the Brazilian live up to the expectations we all know he’s capable of.