Manchester United and injuries have been two things that have gone hand-in-hand of late, especially since Louis van Gaal had taken over at the club in the summer of 2014. Over the weekend the club have been hit by another injury that will see the returning Rafael Da Silva, on the sidelines again for up to six-weeks with a fractured cheek bone after Sunday’s clash with Yeovil in the FA Cup.
Rafael Da Silva spent the night in a local hospital in Somerset on Sunday night, while the rest of the squad flew back to Manchester, to asses the fractured cheek bone and the evaluate the extent of his injury and if any further concussion after the clash.
The Brazilian defender was released in the early hours of Monday morning and has travelled back to Manchester where he will be assessed once again at the clubs hospital, but it is feared that the right-back will miss up to six-weeks for Manchester United, while he recovers.
It wasn’t just Rafael who suffered during the FA Cup tie, left-back Luke Shaw also found himself in the wars, suffering an ankle injury that too, could see him on the sidelines for a period of time.
After the match, boss Louis van Gaal said:
“Rafael Da Silva has a injury and a fracture of his bone so it was fantastic he had the guts to play through
“Rafael played through because over the last few weeks he has not played so much. But he has a fantastic attitude. He is unbelievable.
“I had to change him and also Luke Shaw because he had an ankle problem. He played on also. Rafael has already gone away in a car to the hospital. I don’t know how he did it. I cannot say I will have to watch the video. Also the same with Shaw. But it was a very physical game.”