FOOTBALL NEWS

23/10/2012 21:10, Report by A Marshall & G Thompson

Kagawa's knee injury

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Shinji Kagawa picked up a knee injury in the 3-2 win against SC Braga.

The Japan international was replaced at half time by Nani as the Reds switched from a diamond formation to a more traditional 4-4-2 but the substitution was an enforced one.

"Shinji twisted his knee," revealed the boss. "We had to take him off. He struggled on for 20 minutes after he got the injury. We'll assess it in the morning as it's too early to say what the damage is.

"I was confident the diamond would be important for us but, when you're 2-0 down, it's easy for them to kill the game by playing it out wide. So we had to change things with Nani on the right and [Wayne] Rooney on the left. Kagawa's injury forced my hand to play Nani as a wide player and it made a difference in terms of their possession."

Anders Lindegaard will definitely miss Sunday's Barclays Premier League trip to Chelsea to face Roberto Di Matteo's table-topping team.

"Anders hurt his thumb on Sunday morning in training," admitted Sir Alex. "He should be okay in a week's time but he won't be available for the weekend."

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