In disastrous injury news for Manchester United, it has been revealed the playmaker Shinji Kagawa has been ruled out for another four weeks after making a relatively slow progress from the knee injury he suffered in the game against Braga last month.
The Japanese international was expected to return to the team in the following week, however, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has stated that the 23-year-old could be out until Christmas now.
“He's not started any outside work and we're looking at another four weeks away, which is disappointing,” Ferguson told the reporters ahead of Tuesday's Champions League tie with Galatasaray.
“Originally we thought three or four weeks - now it looks like seven or eight weeks. The first job now is to get him back," he added.
Although Kagawa is yet to actually fit into Manchester United’s system of play, the youngster was a consistent contributor during the early part of the campaign and this news comes as a big blow to the team.
His link-up play and creativity added a new level to the Red Devils, although Sir Alex often deployed him in unfamiliar positions during games.
His timely return could have provided United with perhaps another attacking option upfront and helped them cope up with the demands of the heavy schedule coming up over the next few weeks.
Note: Information from the Press Association was used in this report.751177