Found October 26, 2012 on Fox Soccer:
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Shinji Kagawa is facing three to four weeks on the sidelines because of a knee injury. Ferguson confirmed the news at his press conference on Friday morning. "Kagawa is out for three to four weeks with a knee injury. Playing on Tuesday ( against Braga in the Champions League ) didn't help. It is disappointing," the Scot said of the Japanese midfielder. On a positive note, Ferguson reported that defender Chris Smalling was back in training following a broken metatarsal. "That is a big bonus for us," Ferguson added. "Phil Jones should start (training) a week on Monday as well." Jones suffered a knee injury in training last month. Ferguson welcomed the decision of United defender Rio Ferdinand to put out a statement, along with his brother Anton, on Wednesday night in which they clarified their position over the issue of racism in the game. Both players refused to wear T-shirts in support of the Kick It Out anti-racism campaign group prior to their respective clubs' matches last weekend, with Rio's decision to boycott the campaign initially drawing an angry reaction from Ferguson. Their joint statement hailed the "fantastic work" done by Kick It Out, but still expressed their disappointment at the actions of the Football Association in relation to its handling of the John Terry case. The Chelsea defender was given a four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. "Rio and Anton have done the right thing with that statement," Ferguson said. "It has been bubbling along and the racism issue has not completely gone away. I am sure the PFA are doing their best. The FA, UEFA and FIFA need to do more."
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

SAF backs Ferdinand statement

Sir Alex Ferguson has welcomed the statement of peace from the Ferdinand family - but acknowledged the racism issue will not go away just yet. It is widely expected that Rio Ferdinand will shake Ashley Cole's hand prior to the eagerly-awaited Premier League encounter between Chelsea and Manchester United, putting the 'choc ice' furore behind them. Chelsea captain John...

West Ham return for Ferdinand interests Allardyce

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has suggested he could make a move for Rio Ferdinand next year if the defender...

SC Braga falls short after leading 2-0 away to Manchester United

As one of the favourites to win the Champions League outright, you would expect Manchester United to win at a canter at home against Braga on Tuesday, the Portuguese side who finished third in their league last year.However, after 20 minutes, two goals from Brazilian journeyman Alan saw the underdogs go 2-0 up in front of a stunned crowd at Old Trafford. The Reds, though, eventually...
Soccer News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.