Soccer / J. League Mar 29, 2017

Konno out for four to six weeks with broken toe

Gamba Osaka midfielder Yasuyuki Konno, who broke his left toe during Japan's away World Cup qualifier against the United Arab Emirates last week, will need four to six weeks to recover fully from the injury, the J. League club said Wednesday. Konno filled in for ...

Soccer Mar 25, 2017

Kobayashi, Endo named injury replacements for match against Thailand

Injured Yasuyuki Konno, Yuya Osako and Yojiro Takahagi have been replaced by Yu Kobayashi and Wataru Endo for Japan's World Cup qualifier against Thailand, the Japan Football Association announced Saturday. Konno suffered a broken left toe during Thursday's 2-0 win over the United Arab Emirates ...

Japan's Konno, Osako sustain injuries in match against UAE

Soccer Mar 24, 2017

Japan's Konno, Osako sustain injuries in match against UAE

Japan's World Cup qualifying win over the host United Arab Emirates cost it a couple of injuries as midfielder Yasuyuki Konno and forward Yuya Osako headed to the hospital after touching down at Narita airport in Chiba Prefecture on Friday. Konno, who scored the second ...

Kubo stars as Japan beats UAE in World Cup qualifier

Soccer Mar 24, 2017

Kubo stars as Japan beats UAE in World Cup qualifier

Yuya Kubo opened his national team account and Yasuyuki Konno marked his return from the international wilderness with a goal as Japan beat United Arab Emirates 2-0 away in a final-round World Cup qualifier on Thursday night. In only his third international appearance, Belgian-based forward ...

Halilhodzic keeps spot for Honda on 25-man squad

Soccer / World Cup Mar 16, 2017

Halilhodzic keeps spot for Honda on 25-man squad

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has decided to keep faith in Keisuke Honda, naming the out-of-favor AC Milan attacker to his 25-man squad on Thursday for this month's World Cup final-round qualifiers against United Arab Emirates and Thailand. Halilhodzic also threw in a few surprises as ...

Soccer Mar 25, 2013

Konno healthy enough to play in Jordan match

by Gus Fielding

Japan has been given a timely boost after one of coach Alberto Zaccheroni's most trusted players on Saturday declared himself fit to play in Tuesday's crunch World Cup qualifier away to Jordan. Laid low with a fever earlier this week, Gamba Osaka utility man Yasuyuki ...