The full body of the Japanese national soccer team is imminent. Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton and Hove Albion) returned from injury and completed full training.
Japanese media ‘Kekisaka’ reported on the 26th (Korea time), “Kaoru Mitoma, who missed all three league games due to an ankle injury, is ready to play in the round of 16.”
Japan succeeded in advancing to the round of 16 as the second-ranked player in Group D in the group stage of Qatar at the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, which was held without Mitoma. Prior to the tournament, Mitoma suffered an ankle injury in his team, making it unclear whether he would participate in the tournament.라바카지노도메인
Mitoma suffered an ankle injury in an away match against Crystal Palace in the 18th round of the English Premier League in the 2023-24 season on April 22. After the match, he was seen wearing a cast on his foot and was suspected of having a long-term injury.
Roberto de Gervi, the coach who leads Brighton, insisted that Mitoma could not play in the Asian Cup. In an interview on the 27th, he said, “Mitoma will be absent for four to six weeks.” When asked by reporters about the possibility of participating in the Asian Cup, he drew a line saying, “I don’t think I can.”
However, contrary to De Zerbi’s expectations, Mitoma made it to Japan’s final roster for the Asian Cup. Regarding the reason for selecting Mitoma, Moriyasu Hajime said, “I don’t know if I will be able to play in my first match. However, I thought I would be able to play during the tournament, so I selected him.”
Mitoma, who joined the national team despite recovering from injury, participated in the training, but watched all three group games from the bench because full training was impossible. Without Mitoma, Japan finished the group stage in second place with two wins and one loss in three consecutive games against Vietnam, Iraq and Indonesia.
Mitoma is a dribbler who is also highly regarded in the English Premier League, so there were several moments when Mitoma’s absence to stir the sides during the group stage was disappointing.
Japan, which is preparing for the tournament after passing through the group stage, is about to become a full team. Mithoma, who continued to focus on training and recovery during the group stage, has finally completed its preparation for the team as it normally conducts team training.
According to the media, when asked about his ankle condition, Mitoma said, “There is no problem. I think I have improved my condition properly and I will be able to play.”
“The tournament is a one-game tournament, so if you lose, you will be finished. I have both body and mind ready,” he said. Japan will have a showdown with Bahrain in the round of 16 at 8:30 p.m. on the 31st at Asumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, for a quarterfinal match.
Mitoma, a member of the Japanese national soccer team, left Kawasaki Frontale in the J-League for a fee of 4 million pounds (about 6.6 billion won) in the summer of 2021 and moved to Brighton. After moving to the Belgian club Royal Winion Saint-Gillouaz to get a chance to play because there was no work permit (working visa). He played in 29 games in all competitions, scoring eight goals and four assists.
Mitoma, whose work visa issue has since been resolved, returned to Brighton and spent a successful year in his Premier League debut season, 2022-23, scoring seven goals and five assists in 33 league games.
Since the opening of this season, Brighton has played in 24 games including three goals and five assists in all competitions, recording three goals and six assists. Brighton also highly evaluated Mitoma’s performance and renewed its four-year contract with Mitoma in October through 2027. His weekly wage has reportedly risen sharply to 80,000 pounds.
Japan, which is considered a strong candidate for the Asian Cup, is expected to gain a great boost in its challenge to win the title as Mitoma finally returns ahead of an important tournament.