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Japan Under-23 defender Takuya Iwanami has been ruled out for six weeks after suffering a left-knee injury during the Toulon Tournament, his club Vissel Kobe announced Friday.

The center-half came off on the half hour in Japan’s 2-1 loss to Paraguay on Saturday. On Thursday, he returned to Japan, where the damage to his medial collateral ligament was confirmed.

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