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Rafael has dislocated his shoulder in training and is not expected to return for Manchester United for around 10 weeks.

The Brazilian full-back had continued his good progress last season, winning praise for his energy and commitment, and making 28 appearances in all competitions, mostly at right back.

Chris Smalling has most recently played at right back in the Community Shield and against West Bromwich Albion, although his twin brother Fabio and Phil Jones are other options.

The 21-year-old's comes as a setback to the Red Devils, with fellow full-back Patrice Evra also missing the opening game of the season due to injury, along with Antonio Valencia and forwards Javier Hernandez and Michael Owen.

Javier Hernandez suffered a concussion in pre-season, while Michael Owen recently tweeted "bad back but should be ok for next game."

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