Yokohama F. Marinos defender Naoki Matsuda
on Friday ruled himself out of Japan’s upcoming
friendlies in Africa and Europe because of a sore

The 26-year-old, who has had a long-term
back problem called spondylolysis, a stress fracture or
defect in a vertebra, complained of back pain on Thursday
evening and was unable to train with Yokohama on Friday.

Japan coach Zico on Monday named Matsuda to the squad
that will play Tunisia next Wednesday and Romania in
Bucharest three days later.

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