Shibasaki expected to miss start of season after appendicitis surgery


Kashima Antlers midfielder Gaku Shibasaki looks set to miss the start of the upcoming season after undergoing surgery for acute appendicitis, the J. League first-division club announced on Friday.

The 23-year-old Shibasaki had the operation on Tuesday and will need around four weeks to make a full recovery.

Seven-time champion Kashima kicks off its J. League campaign on the road against Gamba Osaka on Feb. 28.