Japan forward Shinji Kagawa is out of Saturday's AFC Asian Cup final with a broken foot which could also see him miss the rest of the European season, his Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund said today.
The 21-year-old broke a bone in his foot during Japan's semi-final win over Korea Republic yesterday, which ended in a 3-0 penalty shoot-out victory to the Japanese following a 2-2 draw after extra-time.
Kagawa broke down in training today and a scan revealed the extent of the injury. Bundesliga leaders Dortmund confirmed he will miss Saturday's final against Australia in Qatar and the injury threatens to end his season prematurely.
"The news is bad," Dortmund's press officer Hans-Joachim Watzke told SID. "He was a prominent figure for us in the first half of the season. The season (in Germany) is three-and-a-half months away and a broken foot needs time to heal. It will be close (whether he plays again this season)."
The attacking midfielder has become a star in the German league since arriving from Cerezo Osaka in June 2010. He scored eight goals in 17 Bundesliga matches for Dortmund, making him the club's current joint top-scorer.