Manchester United lose Evans and Rafael for Sociedad trip

Mon Nov 4, 2013 2:30pm EST

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(Reuters) - Manchester United defenders Jonny Evans and Rafael will miss Tuesday's Champions League match at Real Sociedad due to injury, manager David Moyes said on the eve of the Group A game.

Northern Irishman Evans suffered a back problem during Saturday's 3-1 win at Fulham in the Premier League, while Brazilian Rafael hurt his ankle also in the first half.

There was better news for midfielder Tom Cleverley, who came off at halftime at the weekend with double vision, because he has recovered in time for the match at the Anoeta stadium.

"We haven't had a lot of injuries," Moyes told a news conference in San Sebastian. "I think it's the best Manchester United have been in that respect for a while. But we did pick up three on Saturday, which is very rare - especially by halftime.

"Two of them haven't travelled - Jonny Evans and Rafael (are) not with us."

United lead the group with seven points from three matches, one point ahead of Bayer Leverkusen. Shakhtar Donetsk are third on four while Real Sociedad are bottom with no points.

(Reporting by Sonia Oxley; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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