Brighton & Hove Albion coach Roberto Dezerby was surprised by Kaoru Mitoma’s call-up to the Asian Cup.
The Japan Football Association on Sunday (Korea time) unveiled its 26-member roster for the Asian Cup. A number of players active in the European big leagues, including Takefusa Kubo (Real Sociedad), Takumi Minamino (AS Monaco), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Asnall), Wataru Endo (Liverpool) and Hiroki Ito (Stutgart), were listed.랭크카지노
Mitoma was also included. Mitoma was a rising star in the English Premier League last season. With seven goals and five assists in the league alone, he enabled Brighton to advance to the Europa League of the Union of European Football Associations for the first time.
The team has slowed down a bit this season. It had three goals and four assists, which was not bad in the league, but had no goal in the last 17 games. Not only in the league but also in the Europa League, the team seems to have seen its momentum slow down last season.
He was also injured on Nov. 22. In a league game against Crystal Palace, he accidentally stepped on the ground while attempting to break through the penalty box at the 35th minute of the second half, causing leg strain, and was replaced by Jakub Moder due to severe injury while sprinting when Danny Welback scored the equalizer. The result of precision diagnosis was that he was out of power for at least four weeks and up to six weeks.
At the time, Dezerbai gave a negative answer to whether Mitoma would be selected for the Asian Cup, saying that it would probably not be possible. Even from the perspective of the Japanese national team, Mitoma, who proved himself in the EPL, was forced to leave the country.
Was that why? The Japan Football Association selected Mitoma. Despite reports that Mitoma’s injury is not as serious as expected, the decision came as a surprise. “I don’t know if he will be ready to play in the first game. He is recovering well and it is expected that he will be able to play in the team early on,” Japanese coach Hajime Moriyasu explained the reason. According to the schedule, Mitoma can only return to the team after the group league.
Dezervi was also surprised. “I was really surprised. Mitoma needs four to six weeks to recover,” medical staff said. “I didn’t expect to participate in the Asian Cup. Still, as a fan of Mitoma, I would be very happy and proud if I can play for the Japanese national team.”
Meanwhile, Kyogo Furuhashi (Celtic) and Daichi Kamada (Laccio) were excluded from the Japanese national team’s roster. While Kamada has been quiet because he didn’t play well in Lazio, there are heated debates in Japan about his failure to join the Asian Cup as he has been a regular striker for Celtic this season as well.