Kagawa calms injury fears

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Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa has moved to calm fears that he will be sidelined for a significant period of time, after suffering a back injury during training with Japan.

The 23-year-old was left out of Japan's 1-0 defeat of Iraq in a World Cup 2014 by Alberto Zaccheroni as a precautionary measure, and is now a doubt for Manchester United's weekend fixture with Wigan.

Kagawa, however, does not believe he will be on the treatment table for too long and hopes to return to action for the Red Devils relatively soon.

"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."

Kagawa has been impressive during his short stay at Old Trafford, having joined the club from Borussia Dortmund for a reported £17 million during the summer.

The young attacker has found the net once in three Premier League appearances, and already looks to have struck up a fine understanding with his new colleagues.

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