When Shinji Kagawa was ruled out of Manchester United’s game against Crystal Palace with flu, some sceptics saw it as David Moyes keeping the Japanese playmaker out of the team rather than a genuine illness.
But on Twitter earlier this afternoon, Kagawa confirmed that he was not part of the match day squad because he is currently unwell. That puts to bed the conspiracy theories of Moyes simply didn’t want to play Kagawa.
The 24-year-old played nearly two full games and travelled over 10,000 miles with Japan this week, so it isn’t a surprise that he has come under the weather after an extremely busy seven days.
I was sick a little. Became so well, and then prepare for the next game.
— SHINJI KAGAWA / 香川真司 (@S_Kagawa0317) September 15, 2013
Kagawa’s absence from United’s Premier League season so far has seen some fans become frustrated because United have lacked a cutting edge going forward that Kagawa would be able to provide but if he isn’t fit, he won’t play – simple.
Moyes knows how good a player Kagawa is but he is in no rush to bring a player into the side who isn’t fit, and rightly so. When he does make his first appearance, Moyes will want him to be 100% fit and ready. Until he is, we’ll just have to wait to free Shinji.