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Rafael Set to Miss Manchester United’s Game Against Swansea; Vidic Unlikely to Start

December 21st, 2012 at 12:00 PM
By Glenn Hamilton

Manchester United will take on Swansea in Wales on Sunday without right back Rafael who is out with a hamstring injury. Club captain Nemanja Vidic is also unlikely to start according to Sir Alex Ferguson but will be included on the bench.

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The good news for Ferguson is that he does have options available in defense with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans all fit. Evans, who just signed a new contract with the club, suffered a groin injury against Manchester City and missed the Sunderland match last weekend but is now back in contention for a starting place. Nani is still out with injury and Shinji Kagawa will begin training on Monday.

"Jonny has one or two injuries but hopefully they're behind him now," Ferguson said. "He's fit for Sunday, while Kagawa takes training with the first team on Monday. Vida is doing great in training, it's just a matter of picking the time to bring him back. It gives me options with Smalling, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans. It's very good, and better for us. Rafa won't make Sunday's game as he's still out with a hamstring. Nani is still injured. Apart from those players, we're alright."

This weekend's matches mark the real beginning of the busy Christmas period where games will come in thick and fast. The trip to Swansea will not be an easy one for United, given the Swan's form so far this season. Swansea has been good this season, with new coach Michael Laudrup making a positive impact on the team, taking points off of big teams and they hope to continue improving their chances of finishing in the top half of the league against the Red Devils. With Swansea the only Premier League team to be located outside of England, the trip is never an easy one for teams and United will be hoping they can maintain their great run of form in Wales.

Tags: Jonny Evans, Manchester, Manchester United, Michael Laudrup, Premier League, Rafael, Sir Alex Ferguson, Soccer, Swansea, Wales

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