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Injury-plagued yokozuna Kakuryu may have to withdraw from a fifth straight meet, this one being the upcoming Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, because of a left leg injury, his stablemaster Michinoku said Thursday.

Kakuryu, who has long been dealing with elbow and lower back pain, said last week he would take part in the 15-day meet, which gets under way Sunday at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan, a move needed to avoid recommendations for forced retirement.

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