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Rafael sidelined for Manchester United

By: Na 26 Jan 2011 11:30:08

Rafael sidelined for Manchester United

Manchester United full-back Rafael will miss Saturday's FA Cup tie with Southampton after being carried off on a stretcher at Blackpool on Tuesday night with concussion.

The Brazilian defender was involved in a sickening collision with Marlon Harewood and was taken to hospital for X-rays. Thankfully, he was quickly given the all-clear and was able to return to Manchester with his team-mates following the dramatic 3-2 win.

However, as with all cases of concussion, United will ensure Rafael gets the correct break from physical contact and the 20-year-old will not travel to the south coast for this weekend's fourth-round tie.

Meanwhile, Javier Hernandez has admitted he should have had a hat-trick at Bloomfield Road.

The Mexican nabbed the equaliser 16 minutes from time, having failed to beat Richard Kingson with a similar opportunity not long after his introduction as a second-half substitute for Wayne Rooney.

It took his tally for the season to 10, but Hernandez might have also added to his side's lead during the 10 minutes of stoppage time.

"I could have had a hat-trick," he said.

"But I always say the most important thing is that the team wins and we get the three points.

"It doesn't matter who scores. We just want the championship."


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