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Three-time World Cup midfielder Junichi Inamoto will miss the rest of the J. League second-division season after being ruled out for eight months with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Consadole Sapporo announced on Monday.

Inamoto, 36, suffered the injury on Saturday in a 2-2 home draw with JEF United Chiba after colliding with an opponent in the first half. He had made eight appearances with one goal for the J2 leaders.

According Sapporo, Inamoto will wait for the swelling to reduce before undergoing surgery. The former Arsenal signing will aim to return next season.

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