Kagawa injury worry for Man Utd
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.
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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.