Kagawa allays injury fears

Manchester United man misses Japan clash with back problem

Shinji Kagawa: Manchester United's Japan international has played down fears over his back injury

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Manchester United ace Shinji Kagawa has played down fears over the back injury which forced him to miss Japan's World Cup qualifier against Iraq.

Kagawa was left out by Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni for the 1-0 win as a precaution after suffering a problem with his lower back.

The classy attacker is confident the problem is not serious and does not expect to be on the sidelines for too long.

"I felt a twinge in the back during practice when I was on the ball. I had some treatment but didn't want to risk causing the team trouble by playing," Kagawa told the Kyodo news agency.

"Obviously it's a shame I wasn't able to play... It's not that serious and I don't think it will keep me out for long."

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoping Kagawa can recover from the problem in time for Saturday's Premier League clash with Wigan and the start of the UEFA Champions League next week.