Kagawa misses start of Manchester United pre-season training as work permit is in Philippines

The £13m attacking midfielder has been granted the necessary clearance to play in England but will miss training on Thursday as he waits for the final documents to arrive
By Greg Stobart

Manchester United players will start pre-season training on Thursday without new signing Shinji Kagawa, whose work permit is currently stuck in the Philippines.

The Japanese midfielder has been granted a work permit but the physical document is currently in Manila, meaning he is unable to train - although the club expect the issue to be resolved within 24 hours.
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Kagawa signed for United from Borussia Dortmund last month for £13 million on a four-year contract and is set to feature in the club’s pre-season tours of China and South Africa.

The 23-year-old has been handed the No.26 shirt by the Old Trafford club while Nick Powell, Sir Alex Ferguson’s other new signing, will wear the No.25.

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