Friday 26 October 2012
Manchester United must make do without their attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa for up to a month after the Japan international sustained a knee injury in midweek.
"I think playing on with the injury did not help the situation for him"
Sir Alex Ferguson
Kagawa, who was signed from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, has made a promising start to his Barclays Premier League career, scoring twice in six appearances in the English top-flight.
However, the 23-year-old playmaker will be sidelined for his side's visit to undefeated Chelsea on Sunday and has been ruled out for several matches after twisting his knee during the first half of Man United's 3-2 UEFA Champions League victory against SC Braga on Tuesday.
"Kagawa is out for three to four weeks with a knee injury," said Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager, who suggested in his press conference on Friday that the player's attempt to run the injury off may have exacerbated the problem. "It's a knee injury similar to the one Ashley Young had but not as bad.
"I think playing on with the injury did not help the situation for him, even though he did well to play on with it. It's disappointing for him."
Kagawa will therefore miss United's Barclays Premier League encounters against Arsenal and Aston Villa on 3 and 10 November respectively and is doubtful for the subsequent trip to Norwich City on 17 November.
With goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard also ruled out for a week after suffering a thumb injury in training, the Red Devils have a number of absentees to contend with, although Ferguson did report that defender Chris Smalling was back in training following a broken metatarsal.
"That is a big bonus for us," he said. "Phil Jones should start [training] a week on Monday as well." Jones suffered a knee injury in training last month.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will miss at least two weeks with the calf injury he picked up during his side's UEFA Champions League defeat at FC Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.
"He is going to be out for a few weeks"
Roberto Di Matteo
The 34-year-old midfielder had to be substituted midway through the first half as the European champions lost 2-1 to the Ukrainian side.
Blues manager Roberto Di Matteo confirmed on Friday that Lampard would be out for a "number of weeks".
"He is going to be out for a few weeks," Di Matteo rold the club's official website. "He's got a calf problem, so we will miss him and it's a big loss for us."
The England international will therefore will miss Sunday's Barclays Premier League match against Manchester United, the Capital One Cup encounter against the same side on Wednesday and the subsequent trip to Swansea City on 3 November.
James McFadden has completed a move to Sunderland after agreeing to join on a short-term contract.
Martin O'Neill, the manager, revealed yesterday that the 29-year-old former Scotland international would put pen to paper within 24 hours, and the Black Cats have confirmed the completion of the deal.
McFadden, who has joined on a free transfer, spent six months at Everton last season after being released by Birmingham City.
The forward will spend the next three months on Wearside as O'Neill assesses whether or not he can recapture the form which earned him 48 international caps.