Roma dash United’s hopes of a Jan­uary Kev swoop

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Ital­ian club to sell one of their prize as­sets.

United, mean­while, are as­sess­ing the ex­tent of the frac­tured cheek­bone suf­fered by de­fender Rafael in their FA Cup win over Yeovil.

Rafael is ex­pected to miss Sun­day’s Pre­mier League clash with Southamp­ton, although the Brazil­ian may be able to fea­ture if he wears a pro­tec­tive mask.

Left-back Luke Shaw is also bat­tling to over­come an an­kle in­jury in or­der to face his for­mer club.

Dutch mid­fielder Da­ley Blind could re­turn from a two-month knee in­jury lay-off in time to make the squad this week­end.

Else­where, United keeper Sam John­stone has ex­tended his loan spell with Don­caster Rovers.

The Eng­land Under-21 in­ter­na­tional has been in im­pres­sive form for the York­shire out­fit and Rovers man­ager Paul Dickov has ne­go­ti­ated a fresh deal that will run un­til the end of the month.

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