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Concussed Rafael to miss Cup tie

Manchester United full-back Rafael will miss Saturday's FA Cup tie against Southampton as a precaution after being stretchered off at Blackpool on Tuesday night with concussion.
AFP | By HT Correspondent, London
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2011 05:42 PM IST

Manchester United full-back Rafael will miss Saturday's FA Cup tie against Southampton as a precaution after being stretchered off 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.

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.

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