Okazaki a doubt for Japan

first_imgLeicester City forward Shinji Okazaki faces a race against time to be ready for Japan’s World Cup opener against Colombia after missing training for a third straight day, reports the Japan TimesThe 32-year-old played in the opening 74 minutes of Japan’s 4-2 friendly win over Paraguay last Tuesday, but has since been unavailable for the national side at their training camp in Kazan.Okazaki missed the opening day of training and then missed the next two days due to a sore calf.Vinicius Junior, Real Madrid, BrazilNeymar the reason Vinicius didn’t make Brazil debut, says Tite Andrew Smyth – September 7, 2019 Brazil boss Tite revealed that Neymar’s “perfect” body language meant Vinicius Junior was denied his long-awaited international debut While the forward has participated in some drills on his own and did one-on-one’s with a trainer, it appears increasingly unlikely that Okazaki will be able to take part in Japan’s Group H opener against Colombia on Tuesday.The news will undoubtedly be a big blow for Japan with Okazaki having been a key player for the Blue Samurai in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.Okazaki’s participation in the rest of the tournament is also in doubt with Arsenal’s Takuma Asano being reportedly lined-up to replace the veteran forward.last_img

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