David Moyes has revealed that Shinji Kagawa was missing from today’s game against Cardiff because he bruised his foot on international duty with Japan this week while he intends to have Robin van Persie back in action as soon as possible.
Kagawa only took part in light training with Japan this week but did feature in both of their international friendlies. Van Persie had a two week rest after he pulled out of Holland’s games which was clearly not enough for him to recover from his groin and toe troubles but Moyes will know that he cannot risk rushing him back into the side again if he isn’t fully fit.
“Kagawa got injured playing for Japan,” Moyes said after the game.
“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.”
Against Cardiff, United really missed Van Persie’s presence. Hernandez had great movement and played a big role in United’s first goal but we missed Van Persie’s hold up play that slows the game down in order to bring others into the game.
As for Kagawa, if he was fit there was no guarantee that he would start but Adnan Januzaj had a rather ineffective game on the left on a tough day in Wales. However, Moyes will no doubt have plans to use Kagawa a lot during the festive season given that United have nine games in December.
Swathes of injuries are traditional for United and this year is clearly no different.