There have been a few goings on at FC Gifu this week so far. Here is just a quick run through of what has been happening.
We’ll start with the bad news. Forward Taira Inoue, originally injured in the week 3 game against Thespa Kusatsu Gunma, broke down in training this week with a serious knee injury and will require surgery. A date for the surgery is yet to be set but the injury looks/sounds like a serious one and I fear it will be a while before we see him back. Another player to suffer an injury is defender Shun Nogaito who was injured in last weeks defeat against Kyoto. He suffered an ankle injury and is tentatively expected to be back in two weeks. Hiroshi Sekita also missed last Sunday’s game, but no details have been forthcoming about why.
On to better news, and Gifu have brought in a couple of players to try and inject some life into the team. Firstly, midfielder Taisuke Mizuno joins on loan from our friends down the road in Nagoya. He has yet to make an appearance for their first team, but Hideki Matsunaga knows him from his days as development manager at Grampus. Mizuno was born in Inuyama which is not far from Gifu and joined the Nagoya club as a 12 year old.
Secondly, Hiroki Higuchi is back to give us a much needed boost up front. Higuchi was on loan at the club last year and was the second top scorer, albeit with only six goals. But, he is a bit of livewire and on his day looks good. He instantly upgrades the side and I would expect him, clearance permitting, to start on Sunday in Matsumoto. His best day last year at the club was his display in the Emperor’s Cup game at Roasso Kumamoto where he scored two goals in a losing effort. Check out what you are likely to see from him here and here. Welcome back Hiro!!