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David Moyes reveals why Shinji Kagawa was missing at the weekend

Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed as to why Shinji Kagawa missed his sides 2-2 draw with Cardiff City over the weekend, after he is said to have sustained a bruised foot when involved with Japan’s 3-2 victory over Belgium last week.

Kagawa was not the only squad player missing over the weekend, with Robin van Persie, Nemanja Vidic and Phil Jones also staying back in Manchester with various injuries.

  • Kagawa (Foot)
  • van Persie (Groin)
  • Vidic (Concussion)
  • Jones (Groin)

Robin van Persie was left out of the squad after not training all week while recovering from a toe and groin injury, Jones, meanwhile, could be make a return to the squad in the UEFA Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, he may well be needed in midfield with Michael Carrick out till Christmas and Marouane Fellaini missing the game through suspension.

Speaking in his post match press conference after the Cardiff City draw, David Moyes had this to say regarding injuries:

“Kagawa got injured playing for Japan, it’s an injury to his foot; there’s some bruising there, but it’s not too bad.

“Robin’s groin is the problem at the moment; his toes are much better. We are hoping to get both Nemanja and Robin back as soon as we can.

“I hope they’ll be in contention for Wednesday but I couldn’t give you a definitive answer.”

Moyes was asked whether Phil Jones would be ready to return for the Bayer 04 Leverkusen game on Wednesday, to which he answered:

“Possibly. I don’t think he is as bad as we first thought. He’s not too far away. It’s a groin injury, right up his hip.”

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By RedManc

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