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Albirex Niigata defender Fumiya Hayakawa is undergoing treatment for acute leukemia, the J. League first-division club said on Monday.

The 22-year-old Hayakawa was diagnosed with the disease after tests following an April 25 game against Nagoya Grampus. He played at the 2011 Under-17 World Cup for Japan, joining Niigata this season from Tsukuba University. He made his first career appearance on Feb. 27.

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