Kagawa aiming to aid title push

Japan and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa returned to Germany today as he continues to recover from a foot injury, hoping to be back on the pitch next month to help his club's title bid.

"I've healed to a point where I'm running again," Kagawa, who underwent surgery two months ago, told Kyodo news agency before leaving from Osaka's Kansai international airport.

"Ideally, I want to come back in mid to late April. I want to head back and rejoin the team as soon as I can. I want to help out the team in any way I can so we can win the championship," the 22-year-old said.

Table-topping Dortmund are leading Bayer Leverkusen by seven points in the Bundesliga race, chasing their first title in a decade.

I want to help out the team in any way I can so we can win the championship.
Shinji Kagawa, Borussia Dortmund midfielder

Kagawa broke a metatarsal in his right foot during Japan's semi-final victory over Korea Republic at the AFC Asian Cup in January. He underwent surgery in Tokyo on 30 January and has been recovering in Japan.

He moved to Dortmund from J-League side Cerezo Osaka in July and scored eight goals in 17 Bundesliga games to help Dortmund's charge to the top of the table before the winter break.

With four UEFA Europa League goals to his credit as well, Kagawa had reportedly come onto the radar of Spanish clubs Villarreal and Atletico Madrid as well as Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur before his injury.

He missed last year's FIFA World Cup™ as then Japan coach Takeshi Okada made him only a non-playing support member of his squad in South Africa.