Kagawa pulls out of Japan World Cup qualifier

Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa pulled out of Japan's home World Cup qualifier against Iraq on Tuesday just an hour before kick-off.

The Japan Football Association (JFA) said the playmaker felt a twinge in his lower back during training for the Group B qualifier in Saitama.

Coach Alberto Zaccheroni decided not to risk Kagawa, whose injury will also be a concern to United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as his team face Wigan Athletic at home on Saturday.