The Manchester United injury curse claimed another victim this week, with new signing Shinji Kagawa being ruled out for 3-4 weeks with a knee injury he picked up against SC Braga on Tuesday. However we also have some positive news, Chris Smalling is back in first team training, and Phil Jones should be back in training within a fortnight.
Kagawa is yet to hit the heights he reached during his Dortmund career, although I still firmly believe that he will be a key member of our title challenge. It takes some players longer than others to settle in new environments and new leagues, he will come good eventually. Four weeks on the sidelines certainly won’t help him though, and the fact that Sir Alex let him play on and aggravate the injury more is bitterly disappointing.
In his weekly presser, Sir Alex said: “It’s a knee injury similar to the one Ashley Young had but not as bad,” He continued. “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.
With Vidic still expected to be sidelined for at least a month, we received a timely boost that Chris Smalling is back in training, and Jones should be back in training fairly soon. My guess is that it will take them both time to regain full match fitness, but it’s nice to see that our defensive problems are easing up.
“Smalling is back training on the football side of things, Phil Jones will hopefully start full training a week on Monday so things are getting better on that front. Certainly getting Smalling back is a big bonus for us. Other than that, everyone else is available for Sunday’s game.”
The game against Chelsea is an extremely important one albeit this early into the season. We have to come away with something if we want to keep the pressure on, if Chelsea win it opens up a 7 point game between us and them, which is too much at any stage of the season.
Lets ave’ it Reds!