Japan boss gives injury update on Takehiro Tomiyasu after naming Arsenal star in World Cup squad
Posted by  badge Boss on Nov 09, 2022 - 09:24AM
Arsenal’s Takehiro Tomiyasu was injured while playing FC Zurich (Photo: Getty)

Arsenal star could return from injury before the break according to his international manager.

On Monday, Tomiyasu became the first Arsenal player to officially be selected for 2022 when he was named in Japan’s 26-man squad.

Based on form, the full-back’s call-up was never in question but there were concerns that he could miss out due to a muscle injury he sustained in the Gunners win over FC Zurich last Thursday.

The 24-year-old was subsequently ruled out of last Sunday’s victory at as well, but his World Cup call-up hinted that the injury was only short term, with the start of the tournament now just 12 days away.

Japan’s national team manager, Hajime Moriyasu, has now shed some more light on Tomiyasu’s current condition, hinting that the defender may even be back in action before the break.

He said: ‘I’ve been told that he can return to work before the start of the World Cup, that he will recover without giving up & face it in good condition.’

Tomiyasu has 29 caps for Japan (Photo: Getty)

Arsenal have just two games left before the World Cup, a Carabao Cup tie against Brighton on Wednesday and a Premier League trip to Wolves.

Tomiyasu has been a key player for Mikel Arteta’s side this season, performing brilliantly at both right-back and left-back to help Arsenal to the top of the table.

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At international level he has been capped 29 times and in Qatar he will be joined by former Gunners striker Takuma Asano who now plays for Vfl Bochum in the Bundesliga.

Japan have been drawn in Group E and will kick-off their campaign on November 23 against Germany, before taking on Costa Rica and Spain.


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