Manchester United's Kagawa out for another month

Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:05am IST

Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa reacts to an injury during their Champions League Group H soccer match against Braga at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa reacts to an injury during their Champions League Group H soccer match against Braga at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, October 23, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Phil Noble

Related Topics

REUTERS - Manchester United's Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa has been ruled out for another four weeks after making slow progress following a knee injury, manager Alex Ferguson said on Monday.

Kagawa was expected to be sidelined for up to a month after picking up the problem in the October 23 victory over Braga in the Champions League but Ferguson said the 23-year-old's recovery had been slower than expected.

"He's not started any outside work and we're looking at another four weeks away, which is disappointing," he told reporters ahead of Tuesday's Group H clash with Galatasaray.

"Originally we thought three or four weeks - now it looks like seven or eight weeks," Ferguson added on United's website (www.manutd.com).

United, already assured of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages, had earlier announced that they would rest a number of senior players for the game in Istanbul.

Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David De Gea and Robin van Persie have all stayed in Manchester, United said on their website.

JONES RETURNS

However, United's England defender Phil Jones is expected to start against Galatasaray after recovering from a knee operation and a back injury which have kept him out so far this season.

"It's a big day for Phil Jones," said Ferguson. "He's been out all season but he's done enough training now to make sure his fitness is okay. I'm looking forward to bringing him back."

"Phil's had different types of injuries (at United). He had concussion, he had a rib injury... but he's young so he's still to develop physically in terms of his body. He's only 20 years of age so there's plenty of time for him."

United's squad includes seven players yet to feature in the competition but Ferguson is sure they won't let United down.

"We don't consider the young players a gamble," he added. "What we do consider is our reputation and we have to be fair to the other teams in the group."

United, with a maximum 12 points from four games, have reached the last 16 with two games to spare. Galatasaray and CFR Cluj have four points with Braga bottom of the group on three.

(Writing by Ken Ferris and Josh Reich, editing by Justin Palmer and Tom Pilcher)

FILED UNDER:

Reuters Showcase

Reuters Poll

Reuters Poll

Oil price will average less in 2015 than during financial crisis - Reuters Poll.  Full Article 

Stake Sale

Stake Sale

Strong demand for Coal India boosts privatisation drive.  Full Article 

New Italy President

New Italy President

Italy elects senior judge Sergio Mattarella as president.  Full Article 

Pharma Deal

Pharma Deal

Sun Pharmaceutical wins U.S. approval to buy Ranbaxy  Full Article 

SpiceJet Bailout

SpiceJet Bailout

SpiceJet board approves up to $243 mln share sale plan  Full Article 

AirAsia Jet Crash

AirAsia Jet Crash

AirAsia captain left seat before jet lost control - sources  Full Article 

India Art Fair

India Art Fair

Art fair turns India's capital into art hub.  Full Article 

Movie Review

Movie Review

"Rahasya" is an ode to Agatha Christie.  Full Article 

Review: Hawaizaada

Review: Hawaizaada

Movie Review: Hawaizaada  Full Article | Related Story 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device  Full Coverage