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Japan Veteran Toshihiro Aoyama Ruled Out of Ghana Friendly and 2018 FIFA World Cup Due to Knee Injury

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Japan will be without the services of injured defensive midfielder Toshihiro Aoyama against Ghana on 30 May in the pre-2018 FIFA World Cup friendly on home soil.

The Japan Football Association has also confirmed the Sanfrecce Hiroshima player has also been ruled out of the World Cup because of a right knee injury.

Aoyama, who complained of knee pain following Sanfrecce’s 2-0 loss to Cerezo Osaka on May 20, pulled out of the running for the tournament after undergoing an examination at a Chiba Prefecture hospital.

The 32-year-old was set to return to international duties for the first time in roughly three years after being recalled for the Ghana friendly.

Aoyama was a member of the Samurai Blue squad at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Source: Ghanasoccernet

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