Rafael out of final with broken ankle

Manchester United's teenage fullback Rafael will miss Sunday's League Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur after being ruled out for up to a month with a fractured ankle, the club said on Friday.

The 18-year-old Brazilian sustained the injury in last weekend's league victory over Blackburn Rovers.

"Rafael is out for a month with a slight hairline fracture of his ankle," Ferguson told the club's website.

"It's a blow for the kid because he's been playing in all the games and he's done so well. He deserves to be in the final."

Ferguson confirmed he would keep faith with several of the fringe players who got the club to Wembley for Sunday's game.

"Darron Gibson and Danny Welbeck will both play and deserve to play," he said.

"Jonny Evans has hopefully recovered from Tuesday's (Champions League) match. He was feeling his injury towards the end of the game. Like Rafael he deserves to play in the final.

"Other than that everyone's fit. Gary Neville's in the squad, he's been training well for about a week and will travel with us. Anderson played 45 minutes in the reserves last night and he'll travel down with us."

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is not expected to feature, leaving Ferguson to decide between Ben Foster and Tomasz Kuszczak.

"It's not an easy decision for me, it's something I'll have to mull over," he said.

UNITED FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read:
Web Exclusives Wayne Rooney, Peter Schmeichel, Carlos Tevez
Q+A Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud Van Nistlerooy
One on One David Beckham, George Best,
Ask A Silly Question Bryan Robson
Boy's A Bit Special Danny Simpson
Perfect XI Garth Crooks, Bryan Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona
What Happened Next? David May, Norman Whiteside
Sing When You’re Winning Dominic Monaghan, Ian Brown
And Another Thing
Being a Big Four fan

Plus! Rate United players (and others) on Talentspotter