SOCCER/ Man U's Kagawa says back injury is not serious

September 13, 2012

REUTERS

Japan playmaker Shinji Kagawa has tried to play down a back injury which ruled the Manchester United midfielder out of 1-0 win over Iraq in a World Cup qualifier on Sept. 11.

The 23-year-old pulled out of the game in Saitama an hour before kick-off having felt a twinge in his lower back during training the previous day.

"I underwent treatment for as long as possible before the match and (Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni) waited for me," said Kagawa, who joined United for $21 million in the pre-season.

"I felt a twinge and didn't want to take the risk," added the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder, who watched the Group B game from the stands.

"It's not a serious injury and I don't think it will keep me out for long. I can walk without any problem but if I put strain on it it still hurts."

Kagawa is set to undergo tests on his return to Old Trafford, where he has made an impressive start to his United career, although he is likely to be a doubt for home game against Wigan Athletic on Sept. 15 in the Premier League.

"I waited until the afternoon to see how his condition was but there's no way I can put a player on the pitch who is not at 100 per cent," said Italian Zaccheroni.

After the weekend encounter United kick off their Champions League campaign at home to Turkey's Galatasaray on Sept. 19 before a trip to fierce rivals Liverpool in the league on Sept. 23.

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Shinji Kagawa, center, watched Japan's game against Iraq from the stands on Sept. 11 in Saitma, Japan. (Yosuke Fukudome)

Shinji Kagawa, center, watched Japan's game against Iraq from the stands on Sept. 11 in Saitma, Japan. (Yosuke Fukudome)

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  • Shinji Kagawa, center, watched Japan's game against Iraq from the stands on Sept. 11 in Saitma, Japan. (Yosuke Fukudome)

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