The Japanese national team manager Alberto Zaccheroni has said that he has no issues with the absence of the Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa for the upcoming qualifying match against Oman.
Japan are currently top of the standings in the group B, as they have a five point advantage over the likes of Australia and Oman. They will be looking to improve on that advantage when they take on the latter next week. One of the major injury concerns for the manager is the Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa. The 23-year-old former Borussia Dortmund star has been one of the best players for Japan in the last few years.
He will undoubtedly be a big miss according to the manager, but has said that there are a number of quality players within the team according to the manager. The 23-year-old Manchester United midfielder has been injured for the last few weeks. He is not expected to be back until a couple of weeks. So far, the player has made 37 appearances at the international level scoring 12 goals. His most recent appearance for the Japanese national team was in the 1-0 win over France. In his absence, the manager called up more than 13 players based in Europe.
“But don’t forget that the players that have come in to deputise for them have done a great job. Kagawa is not here this time, but I’m sure that whoever fills in for him will do well. Oman are one of the more organised and balanced teams in the group. But they will come at us this time. We have to be very focused,” said the Japanese national team manager Alberto Zaccheroni ahead of this match. After this encounter, Japan will be facing Jordan in the next World Cup qualifying match.