Defender Yasuyuki Konno is likely to miss Japan's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ opener against Cameroon after suffering a knee injury in yesterday's 2-0 defeat by Côte d'Ivoire. The FC Tokyo star injured his right knee during the second half of Japan's final 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ warm-up in Switzerland following a challenge by Arsenal's Emmanuel Eboue.
Konno is set to be sidelined for two weeks, which would rule the 27-year-old out of the 14 June opener, with Japan then facing the Netherlands on 19 June before rounding off their Group E campaign against Denmark five days later. "It is ligament damage so it's doubtful he will play in the first game," said Okada. "This kind of injury normally takes two weeks to heal."
Should Okada wish to replace Konno in his 23-man squad, the decision must be made 24 hours before Japan's opener against Cameroon in Johannesburg. "There is still time so we'll have a look at him over the next two or three days," Okada added. "He was walking after the game and he is walking normally now. The team doctor said it was touch and go whether he would be ready for the first game but I think it is probably best not to play him."