Today, the club released a statement saying that Desmond has returned to Italy for “personal/family reasons”. No indication has been given as to how long he will be away from the club for. I’m sure everyone sends their best wishes to Des.

In other, possibly related, news Kazunari Okayama has announced on his blog that he is training with FC Gifu. The veteran defender was last seen at Consadole Sapporo and has had spells with Pohang Steelers, Vegalta Sendai and Kawasaki Frontale amongst others. Maybe something comes from it, perhaps they are just kicking the tyres in readiness for being without Big Des.