Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa believes Japan has enough strength in depth to cover for Makoto Hasebe if the national team captain is forced, as expected, to sit out Thursday’s World Cup qualifier away to the United Arab Emirates.

Hasebe arrived in the UAE on Sunday, but with knee surgery looming, the Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder looks almost certain to be sidelined for the crucial Group B clash in Al Ain.

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