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Fifteen-year-old playmaker Takefusa Kubo is in line to make his debut with FC Tokyo’s first team, a a team source said Saturday.

Kubo returned to Japan in 2015 after four years with Barcelona — when the Catalan club was penalized by soccer’s world governing body FIFA for violating international transfer regulations — but has already been fast-tracked to the U-23 side at Tokyo. He also became the youngest player to score in a J3 match against Cerezo Osaka’s U-23s on April 15.

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