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Nadeshiko Japan’s Kozue Ando has suffered an ankle fracture and is returning to Japan, the Japan Football Association announced on Wednesday.

Ando injured her left ankle in Monday’s 1-0 victory over Switzerland in the two teams’ Women’s World Cup Group C opener when she became entangled with Switzerland’s goalkeeper. Japan scored from the resulting penalty kick. Her club team, Frankfurt, is said to believe that surgery will be necessary.

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