Matsui out of Asian Cup

Japan midfielder Daisuke Matsui has been ruled out of the AFC Asian Cup with a leg injury and will leave Doha for treatment at home, Japanese officials said today.

The 29-year-old tore a muscle in his right thigh during Japan's 2-1 win over Syria last Thursday and will head back home tomorrow, according to Japan Football Association spokesman Hideki Kato.

Japan, who battled to a 1-1 draw with Jordan in their opening match, need a draw with fellow three-time champions Saudi Arabia later today to qualify for the last-eight of the continental championship.

Matsui, known for his fine passing and dribbling, has been a key member of Japan's midfield.