Kagawa injury worry for Man Utd

  • Last Updated: September 11 2012, 16:24 BST

Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa pulled out of Japan's home World Cup qualifier against Iraq an hour before kick-off with a reported lower back problem.

Shinji Kagawa: Lower back injury

The Japan Football Association revealed that the playmaker felt a twinge in his back during training for the Group B qualifier in Saitama.

Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni decided not to risk Kagawa, whose injury will also be a concern to United manager Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of the home game against Wigan on Saturday.

The 23-year-old has made three appearances for the Red Devils, scoring once, since his move from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.