Manchester United will reportedly have to wait at least another month before they see the return of Shinji Kagawa to their starting lineup, with the Japanese international still a long way off recovering from his knee injury, which has seen him miss two Premier League matches already.
Kagawa sustained the injury during United's last UEFA Champions League match against Sporting Braga, and whilst it was believed the midfielder would be out for a couple of weeks, it seems that the injury is a little more problematic than first thought.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said via Sky Sports:
His [Kagawa's] progress has been quite slow actually.
He hasn't started any outside work and, looking now, he may be another four weeks away. Overall, we'll be looking at six to seven weeks since the injury.
The first job is to get him back.
The news comes as a huge blow for the Red Devils, who dearly missed their midfield engine on the weekend—slumping to a 1-0 away loss to Norwich City after simply being overrun by the home side through the middle of the pitch.
The Japanese international made a £12 million move from Borussia Dortmund to Old Trafford over the summer transfer window earlier this year, and after his strong start to the season was showing to be an excellent transfer addition for United.
His combination work with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in particular was a large reason behind United's surge to the top of the table this year.
But since his injury, the Red Devils have slipped from the top spot, struggled to put away Aston Villa two weeks back and lost to Norwich this weekend.
They have lacked their creativity and midfield drive, and whilst Rooney looks set to return soon for United, it doesn't appear that they will be gathering the full force of their attacking midfield back until Kagawa does eventually return from injury.
Which, if it is still another month away, means that the Red Devils have a very big four weeks ahead of them, and it won't all come easy for the Manchester club.
Especially if they play like they did against Norwich.
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