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09/12/2013 14:05, Report by Mark Froggatt

Kagawa could return

David Moyes could be boosted by the return of Shinji Kagawa for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League encounter with Shakhtar Donetsk at Old Trafford. 

The Japanese star picked up an illness after last Wednesday’s defeat to Everton and subsequently had his stomach pumped by doctors. As a result, the manager took a decision to leave the 24-year-old out of Saturday’s Newcastle match as a precaution. 

However, speaking ahead of United’s midweek tie with Ukrainian giants Shakhtar, Moyes revealed that Kagawa is back to full health and in contention to play. “Shinji trained today and I think he'll be okay tomorrow,” he told reporters. 

Expanding on the broader issue of team selection, the manager also explained that he may have to shuffle his squad around after Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Chris Smalling all missed Monday’s session in front of the media at the Aon Training Complex. 

“There's a little bit of that in my thinking,” Moyes stated. “We have got one or two injuries that I need to look at and that will come into consideration." 

When quizzed specifically on Vidic, Evra and Smalling, the boss confirmed: “Yes, they are injury doubts.”

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