FC Gifu will go into this Sunday’s showdown with high flying Omiya Ardija minus two of our key performers.

Right back Masanori Abe and defensive midfielder Henik will both miss this game due to suspension. Abe has been growing into his new role really well the last few weeks and will be a miss down the right flank. Possibilities to replace him at right back include Tsukasa Masuyama and Keisuke Ota.

Henik, after an indifferent start to the year, was also showing some good form and it is a real shame he will miss out because Gifu could definitely use his muscle & fight in the centre of the park. Candidates to replace him include Yuto Ono, Taisuke Mizuno or dropping Keiji Takachi into deeper role and allowing Rodrigo to play just behind (I assume) Leo & Namba.