Shinji Kagawa Injury: Updates on Manchester United Star's Concussion and Return

James DudkoFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2014

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24:  Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United walks to the dressing room prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at Stadium of Light on August 24, 2014 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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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:

Initially, Peters reported the incident occurred after a nasty looking collision of heads:

At first, the injury had appeared to be relatively innocuous. The club's official Twitter feed simply reported damage to Kagawa's nose:

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.