A blow to FC Gifu before the season has officially started with the news that winter signing Yuki Fukaya has suffered a knee ligament injury and will undergo surgery. 

Fukaya sustained the injury in Gifu’s practice game against Oita Trinita on the 15th and has presumably had to wait for the swelling to go down before the surgeons assess when the best time for an operation is. However, ligament injuries, particularly if it is the cruciate ligament, very rarely present good news. 

It is a shame because even this early it looked like Fukaya was emerging as a dressing room leader (witness his starring role in Ramos’ birthday “flour shower”). When more information comes on his rehabilitation, I’ll bring it to you. 

In the meantime, get well soon Yuki!