Hasebe set to undergo surgery


Japan captain and Nuremberg midfielder Makoto Hasebe said he was bracing for the worst as he arrived back in Japan on Friday to undergo knee surgery.

The 29-year-old former Urawa Reds and Wolfsburg man has been ruled out of action for four to six weeks following an injury sustained Tuesday during a friendly against Steaua Bucharest at a training camp in Spain ahead of the Bundesliga restart.

“I’ve never been in this position before so I don’t know (when I will be back),” Hasebe told reporters after arriving at Narita airport.

“I realize that the risk of getting injured is always right beside you and I am anticipating the worst. I want (the injury) to heal properly and don’t want to rush things.”

Hasebe, who underwent a scan on Wednesday which revealed a tear in his lateral meniscus, said he was more concerned at keeping bottom club Nuremberg in the German first division than the World Cup, which is still five months away.