Japan’s Nakazawa likely to miss Asian Cup
Veteran Japan defender Yuji Nakazawa is unlikely to play in next
month’s Asian Cup as he recovers from an injured left knee.
The 32-year-old Nakazawa told Wednesday’s Nikkansports newspaper
that: ”I don’t want to cause the national team any problems so I’m
thinking it’s best not to take part.”
Japan will open its Asian Cup campaign on Jan. 9 against Jordan
Japan has won the Asian Cup three times. Nakazawa was a member
of Japan’s team that won in 2000 and 2004.
Nakazawa’s absence would be a significant blow to Alberto
Zaccheroni’s squad as defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka is also
sidelined with a knee injury.