Shinji Kagawa Injury: Updates on Manchester United Star's Knee

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 26, 2012

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 12:  Shinji Kagawa of Japan in action during the International Friendly match between France and Japan at Stade de France on October 12, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Manchester United will have to play the next month without one of its key players as Shinji Kagawa was ruled out with a knee injury.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson reported the news at a press conference (via The Telegraph).

Kagawa is out for three to four weeks with a knee injury. Playing on Tuesday (against Braga in the Champions League) didn't help. It is disappointing.

The midfielder is in his first year with the Red Devils since transferring from Borussia Dortmund in Germany over the summer. Before that, he played in his native Japan where he is still a star for the national team. 

Unsurprisingly, Kagawa has already made an impact with his new team. He has started eight of the team's 10 matches, including six in the Premier League and two in the UEFA Champions League.

In that time, he has scored two goals on only 10 shots and is tied for second on the team with three assists. The 23-year-old has found his target in over 90 percent of his passes and his ability to provide for Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney up front is a big reason for the team's success this season.

However, the club will now need to find a way to win without its attacking midfielder. Manchester United is currently four points behind Chelsea for the top spot in the EPL and the two squads meet on Sunday, October 28. 

If the team cannot find someone who can push the ball up the field as well as Kagawa, it will have a hard time keeping up on the field and in the standings. 

Keep checking back for updates on the midfielder's status as he attempts to return from injury.