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Kagawa: Injury Not Serious

Shinji Kagawa today pulled out of Japan’s World Cup qualifying game against Iraq, leading to fears he was as cursed as so many other of our players when it comes to injuries.

Fortunately, it seems as though the decision not to play is just precautionary and the injury is not serious.

“I felt a twinge in the back during practice when I was on the ball,” he told Kyodo news agency. “I had some treatment but didn’t want to risk causing the team trouble by playing. Obviously it’s a shame I wasn’t able to play… It’s not that serious and I don’t think it will keep me out for long.”

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  1. kanchelskis says:


    Note the word ‘suspected’. They’re surmising, based on one challenge on rvp. No word from the Dutch camp or Rvp himself. I’ll keep waiting, thanks.

  2. The team that wouldn't die says:

    The biggest tournament in world football is the Chamoions league. The world cup is just a bore during the long summer wait for real football.

  3. kanchelskis says:

    Most football fans in the world regard the world cup as a bigger tournament. That answers your initial question.

  4. Proverb says:

    I’m not overly sure, but this trend of injuries doesn’t seem destined to anything/anybody but united
    We’re growing used to it
    But not easy to take it since it happens to our regulars

    I don’t disagree all you say, but once a player is taken off at half time (of the calibre of kags and robin) in a game like the holand one clearly there’s something going on.
    Hopefully it not serious

  5. RJ says:

    Most football fans in the world worth their salt regard the Champions League as the biggest tournament in the world.
    It has higher ratings than the world cup and actually contains decent football.

  6. DreadedRed says:

    I’m paying about 5 dollars a kilo for salt.

  7. parryheid says:

    Two games in and that’s Wales,Moldova and Scotland my team fucked out of the competition.Christ Almighty that Levein is a diddy of a manager,get to fuck you useless prat.

  8. Proverb says:

    Van Gaal on RVP: “We took off Robin for precautionary measures. It doesn’t seem to be too serious. We didn’t want to take any risks”

  9. kanchelskis says:


    Ratings and quality of football… that’s how you determine the global esteem of a competition is it?

    Maybe – just maybe – the ratings thing is because – by and large – people in Europe, where the CL is held – have a high rate of access to televisions, unlike, for example, large parts of South America and Africa.

    Try going to either of those to continents and trying to convince the fans there that the yearly money-orgy that is the Champions League is more important than football’s oldest competition.

  10. Proverb says:

    :D dread

  11. kanchelskis says:

    And yes, I love the Champions League. But while remaining aware that I do so only through the prism through which I – and other European fans – watch the game. It’s a global, democratic game and it’s arrogant to elevate the CL to that position of unquestioned supremacy just on the basis that high-quality players can be bought in, and the ratings are higher.

  12. Proverb says:

    Gerrard was named man of the match before they changed it to Lampard for the only meaningful kick of his night (pen). Clowns.

  13. kanchelskis says:


    Was pretty hard to pick one to be honest! Could even have been Welbeck!

  14. DreadedRed says:

    Manchester Under-18s picked up three well-earned points in the Potteries on Tuesday night, courtesy of a second-half free-kick from Andrea Pereira.

  15. DreadedRed says:


    Republic of Ireland beat Oman 4-1 in an international friendly at Craven Cottage.

    United youngster Robbie Brady made his senior debut. A free kick by Brady was whipped in deep and long to the far post where Sean St Ledger was waiting to head the ball back into the path of Shane Long to score his eighth international goal. Then Kevin Doyle got on the end of another deep free kick to flick the ball back to Brady to volley home from 20 yards. Brady was only called up to the team on Saturday and he was tormenting the Oman full-backs every time he was on the ball and he further justified his first senior start by delivering a free kick after 36 minutes Doyle duly headed in from six yards out.

  16. DreadedRed says:

    Stalybridge 2 United XI 1 – No mention of an injury to Buttner, who was replaced on 82 minutes.

  17. DreadedRed says:

    Kagawa today said:

    “I’ve had treatment for as long as possible. I can walk without any problem but if I put strain on it it still hurts.”


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