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Liverpool midfielder Minamino forced out of Japan squad

Liverpool midfielder Takumi Minamino has withdrawn from Japan's latest World Cup qualifiers due to injury.

The Japan FA announced on Saturday that Minamino was leaving the national team “due to an injury" and wouldn't feature in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against China.

Despite linking up with Japan earlier this week, the Reds man did not feature his side's 1-0 defeat to Oman on Thursday.

“Midfielder Takumi Minamino (Liverpool FC) has been withdrawn from the team due to an injury at SAMURAI BLUE, which is active for the Asian final qualifying (Road to Qatar) China national team match," a statement from the Japan FA read.

“We will inform you of additional convened players to replace Minamino as soon as they are decided."

It's understood Minamino's injury is a light injury.


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