Van Gaal gives latest Man United injury update ahead of Everton test

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal confirms that Rafael has been ruled out for the season due to a rib injury

Rafael has been ruled out of action until the end of the season after the Manchester United defender suffered broken ribs, Louis van Gaal has revealed.

The Brazilian suffered the problem during the first half of the Under-21s’ 1-1 draw at Leicester City on Monday night and left the pitch in pain.

Rafael’s last first-team appearance came as a substitute against Tottenham back on 15 March.

Van Gaal told MUTV on Friday afternoon: “It’s unbelievable. He has broken his ribs so he shall not play any more this season for Manchester United. It’s very unfortunate.”

There was some good news for United, however, as Van Gaal confirmed that midfielder Daley Blind could return for this Sunday’s trip to Everton.

The Dutchman missed last weekend’s loss to Chelsea but is in contention to feature for the Red Devils’ trip to Merseyside.

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However, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Michael Carrick all remain sidelined ahead of the Red Devils’ clash against the Toffees.

Manchester United head into Sunday’s game in third place in the Premier League table.

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