Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa's rotten luck with the Old Trafford club has continued. The Japan international has been forced off in a rare start, during the club's Capital One Cup match against MK Dons.
Kagawa appears to have suffered a concussion per Jerrard Peters:
#MUFC say they think Kagawa has mild concussion- was complaining of blurred vision.— Jerrad Peters (@jerradpeters) August 26, 2014
Initially, Peters reported the incident occurred after a nasty looking collision of heads:
Kagawa (dizzy after a clash of heads) withdrawn after 20 minutes in favour of Januzaj.— Jerrad Peters (@jerradpeters) August 26, 2014
At first, the injury had appeared to be relatively innocuous. The club's official Twitter feed simply reported damage to Kagawa's nose:
20' - Shinji Kagawa off, Adnan Januzaj on. The Japanese star had a bloodied nose after an earlier clash with Darren Potter. #MUFClive— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 26, 2014
But if it is a concussion it's a major blow for Kagawa who was perhaps hoping to get his United career back on track following the arrival of new manager Louis van Gaal.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund man was seldom used last season under David Moyes' watch. But the skilled schemer may have a chance in Van Gaal's possession-based brand of football.
However, Van Gaal recently surprisingly claimed the opposite. The Dutch coach stated Kagawa was struggling to adapt to his methods, per ESPN FC:
Kagawa did not wish to fulfil my wishes, my philosophy when I played him in the United States. Kagawa was a No.10 at [Borussia] Dortmund but I want to try him at No. 6 and No. 8.
In this context, Kagawa can't really afford an injury right now. The 25-year-old is facing serious competition from Juan Mata, new arrival Ander Herrera and the recently signed £59.7 million man Angel Di Maria, confirmed by Sky Sports.
If he is sidelined with a concussion, this could sadly rate as Kagawa's last meaningful action for the Red Devils.