Kagawa has successful operation
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Japan's international midfielder Shinji Kagawa said today that an operation on the injured right foot which ruled him out of the AFC Asian Cup final was successful.

"I tell you the truth. I was very disappointed that I couldn't play in the Asian Cup final because of the injury," Kagawa, who plays for German side Borussia Dortmund, wrote on his website.

"I felt downhearted," he said, adding that yesterday's operation was successful.

I'm going to take a rest and concentrate on rehabilitation. I want to go back to the pitch as soon as possible.
Shinji Kagawa, Japan midfielder

"I received many messages from my supporters after I got the injury. I want to thank them. I'm going to take a rest and concentrate on rehabilitation. I want to go back to the pitch as soon as possible," he added

Kagawa suffered the toe injury during a game against Korea Republic in the semi-finals and returned to Germany before Japan beat Australia 1-0 in the final.

Team doctors said that Kagawa would miss the rest of the season, but the Borussia Dortmund star vowed to be back in action one month before the league competition ends.

Despite the injury he played a key role in Japan's Asian Cup success, twice equalising against Qatar in the knockout round.