Injury returns boost United’s Champions League hopes

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Manchester United star defender Rafael da Silva is set to face Chelsea after recovering from a knee injury last Wednesday in the Champions League first leg quarter final against Chelsea.

Fans feared the worst when Rafael was stretchered off in the 51st minute at Stamford Bridge, after a clash with Didier Drogba.

But on Friday, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson gave the team a boost by telling reporters there had been “…no bruising or ligament damage to his knee,” and that there was a good chance the Brazilian would play on Tuesday.


After United’s 2-0 win over Fulham on the weekend, the diagnosis by Ferguson has luckily remained the same.

“Rafael should be okay for Tuesday,” Ferguson said, with the star reportedly 95% ok to play against arch rivals Chelsea.

Ferguson was particularly upbeat about the numerous comebacks from injury this week, with one of the strongest United teams in the last few months squaring up to take on Chelsea at Old Trafford.

“Wes Brown’s back, Antonio Valencia’s back… John O’Shea’s been out with a hamstring injury and he’s come through [the Fulham game] well.

"Players are coming back and that gives us a heck of a boost,” Ferguson said.

Manchester United are protecting a 1-0 lead after defeating Chelsea in the first leg at Stamford Bridge.

It appears that United are favourites to take out the quarter final with their impeccable home record at Old Trafford, and with numerous injury returns the Red Devils will be given an even larger boost in preparation for the tie.

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