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Monday 23 October 2017

Borussia Dortmund are hoping attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa, who returned after two years at Manchester United, can help lift the German team past Arsenal in the Champions League tomorrow despite a growing injury list.

Kagawa key for Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund are hoping attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa, who returned after two years at Manchester United, can help lift the German team past Arsenal in the Champions League tomorrow despite a growing injury list.

The 2013 Champions League runners-up host Arsenal after the two sides were drawn together in the group stage for the second season in a row.

Kagawa, a crowd favourite who won back-to-back league titles in 2011 and 2012 before leaving for United, returned this season and scored in his first match back, a 3-1 win over Freiburg on Saturday.

The 80,200 crowd, unfurling Japanese flags and banners, gave the 25-year-old, who failed to hold down a starting spot at United, a standing ovation and hope it will not be the last one.

"Shinji is very good for us, very good indeed," said midfielder Sebastian Kehl. "Especially given the current situation with injuries we are faced with. He still needs a bit more to catch up with us but he'll get there."

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