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Japan Football Association technical director Masahiro Shimoda said on Friday that there is a possibility that Swiss club Young Boys could release Japan Under-23 striker Yuya Kubo for the Rio Olympics after all.

Shimoda flew to Switzerland to hold talks with Young Boys after the club on Wednesday announced that it was pulling Kubo from the Olympic squad, saying he would be needed after striker Alexander Gerndt suffered a left knee injury.

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