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Ankle injury blow for Al Ain’s Shoya Nakajima


Al Ain: An ankle injury suffered in training has ruled out Japanese forward Shoya Nakajima from UAE Pro League outfit Al Ain FC’s immediate plans. 

The 26-year-old Nakajima joined Al Ain on loan from Portuguese champions Porto in January and played twice in the UAE Pro League for the inaugural AFC Champions League winners.

However, he suffered an ankle injury during a training session before the UAE Pro League match against Al Dhafra last week and Nakajima said he is aiming to make a speedy recovery.

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“I was very unfortunate to get this injury as I am really looking forward to playing with my team this season,” said Nakajima in a post on his Instragram account.

“I don’t think it’s anyone's fault that I got injured. I believe everything happens for a reason and through this experience, I got the chance to be grateful for what I have.

“For now, I will focus on my recovery, and get ready to put on Al Ain's uniform and play with my teammates again.”

Nakajima started his career with Tokyo Verdy in 2012 before moving on loan to J2 League outfit Kataller Toyama. He played three seasons for FC Tokyo before moving to Europe where he joined Portugal’s Portimonense.

He had a short spell in Qatar with Al Duhail before returning to Portugal in 2019 to join Porto, helping them win the Portuguese title last season.

Al Ain are preparing for their match against Islamic Republic of Iran’s Foolad in the 2021 AFC Champions League play-off, with the winners to advance to Group D which also has Al Sadd SC of Qatar, Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr and Jordan league champions Al Wehdat.

Photo: Al Ain FC

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