Borussia Dortmund star Shinji Kagawa returned to Japan on Sunday determined to make a winning comeback to the national team in Wednesday's World Cup qualifying warm-up against archrivals South Korea in Sapporo.
Kagawa has not played for Japan since breaking a metatarsal in his right foot against the same opponents in a penalty shootout win in the semifinals of the Asian Cup in January, an injury that sidelined him for virtually the whole of the second half of last season.
"I haven't really thought back to when I got injured. Now it is all about getting results," Kagawa told reporters after arriving in Sapporo.
"This will be our last game before the World Cup qualifiers and I want to head into the qualifiers on the back of a win and a good performance."
The 22-year-old Kagawa returned home two days after helping Dortmund open their defense of the Bundesliga title with a 3-1 win over SV Hamburg.
"I was disappointed that I couldn't score," Kagawa, who was substituted in the dying stages, said after the match. "I think both myself and the team can improve."
Japan begin the road to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with a third-round qualifier against North Korea in Saitama on Sept. 2. The Asian champions have also been drawn in Group C with Syria and Uzbekistan.