CHEONAN, SOUTH KOREA – Japan’s Koki Ogawa has withdrawn from the U-20 World Cup after the forward was diagnosed with a ruptured left anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus injury suffered during a 2-0 defeat to Uruguay on Wednesday.
Ogawa came off after just 20 minutes as he landed awkwardly before getting stretchered off the pitch, and a Japan spokesperson said Thursday the 19-year-old will return home on Sunday with the affected area still swollen.
Ogawa has been Japan’s main striker and netted the equalizer in Japan’s opening 2-1 win over South Africa in Group D last Sunday. Fifteen-year-old Takefusa Kubo replaced him against Uruguay.
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