Arsenal full-back Takehiro Tomiyasu is expected to be fit enough to be named in Japan’s 2022 World Cup squad, according to journalist Simon Collings.
The Lowdown: Injury-plagued season
While the Gunners are flying this season, the 24-year-old has suffered a frustrating campaign so far due to various fitness problems.
There may have been doubts about the defender going to the World Cup with Japan due to his injury woes and lack of club action, but a positive update has now emerged for the 24-year-old.
The Latest: Tomiyasu fit for World Cup
“Optimism that Tomiyasu will go to the World Cup with Japan following initial assessment. Japan coaching staff already flown out to Qatar and staying in contact with Arsenal.”
The Verdict: Great news for Tomiyasu
While from a selfish point of view some Arsenal fans may have wanted Tomiyasu to be wrapped in cotton wool during the World Cup, this is great news for the player himself.
Footballers dream of representing their country in the world’s biggest tournament and the Gunners titan will be no different, having been hailed as ‘dominant’ by Martin Keown.
It is also a great chance for Tomiyasu to prove his fitness over a busy schedule, with his availability set to be vital to Arsenal as the season intensifies after Christmas, when Mikel Arteta’s side may well be balancing Europa League commitments and possibly a Premier League title charge.
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