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Brazilian Possebon in for United

Rodrigo Possebon will make a Carling Cup comeback for Manchester United against QPR at Old Trafford.

Rodrigo Possebon will make a Carling Cup comeback for Manchester United against QPR at Old Trafford. The teenage Brazilian has been promised his first appearance since being carried off on a stretcher against Middlesbrough in the last round with a badly-cut leg. The manager Sir Alex Ferguson will also hand places to Rafael Da Silva, Jonny Evans, Darron Gibson and the striking duo Manucho and Danny Welbeck, as United look to secure a quarter-final berth.

But Patrice Evra is virtually certain not to be involved after leaving Arsenal with a protective cast over his right ankle on Saturday. Meanwhile, Wigan Athletic have suffered a setback ahead of their Carling Cup clash with Arsenal with the injured striker Emile Heskey set to miss the tonight's game at the Emirates Stadium. The England international picked up a hamstring problem in the weekend's game against Stoke City.

And Latics manager Steve Bruce has admitted that not having the former Liverpool player in the ranks is a big blow. "Emile thinks he has strained his hamstring. It could be linked to a problem he has with his back," Bruce said. "I cannot see him being fit for the Arsenal cup game. Losing him would naturally be a big blow." Heskey could also be a big doubt for England the following week when they play Germany on Nov 19.

In other league cup matches, Stoke will play host to Rotherham while Leeds travel to Derby. The Welsh side Swansea will entertain Watford. * PA Sport