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Ienaga to stay with Trinita for 2009

OITA (Kyodo) Oita Trinita has extended the loan of midfielder Akihiro Ienaga from Gamba Osaka until the end of January 2010, the Nabisco Cup champion said Thursday.

The 22-year-old Ienaga missed the Beijing Olympics with a cruciate ligament injury and was limited to four league appearances for Oita last year.

English second-division club Plymouth Argyle had been looking to sign Ienaga but had a work permit turned down and failed to get that decision overturned by a Football Association appeal panel sitting in Birmingham earlier this month.

Ienaga impressed Plymouth after spending 10 days on trial with the club in December.