Defender Shuto Tanaka was taken off in the second half of last week’s game at Gainare Tottori and it has been confirmed that he suffered a sprained ankle of the mild variety. He will likely be out for around 2 to 3 weeks and Gifu supporters are hoping that he will be back soon as the club are now perilously short of options in defence. Hiroshi Sekita is still out, Desmond is away and now with Shuto out, we are looking at Masuyama, Nogaito and someone else to maintain Gyotoku’s preferred three at the back.

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