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Midfielder Abe returns to Reds

Kyodo

Urawa Reds said Tuesday they have brought back Japan midfielder Yuki Abe from second-tier English Championship side Leicester City.

The 30-year-old Abe had canceled his contract with Leicester City to get back to his family in Japan.

Abe joined Leicester City from Urawa in the summer of 2010 and scored two goals in a total of 52 league matches in England.

Equally effective in defense or a holding midfield role, Abe helped Japan reach the second round of the World Cup finals in South Africa in 2010. He has been capped 53 times for the national team.