Greuther Furth manager reacts to Leeds loanee Yosuke Ideguchi's injury blow

A general view of the Billy Bremner statue outside Elland Road during the Pre Season Friendly match between Leeds United and Everton at Elland Road on August 1, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United farmed Yosuke Ideguchi out to 2.Bundesliga club Greuther Furth in the summer.

Yosuke Ideguchi  in action during a Japan training session at Akitsu Football Field on May 23, 2018 in Narashino, Chiba, Japan.

You have to feel for Yosuke Ideguchi.

The Japanese midfielder’s career has stalled since his £500,000 move to Leeds United at the start of the year. He has not even come close to making a first-team appearance for the Whites and, after a disappointing loan spell at Cultural Leonesa, was omitted from Japan’s World Cup squad.

This is despite the fact that it was Ideguchi’s wonderful goal in a win against Australia that booked Japan’s place on the plane to Russia.


In a further blow to the 22-year-old midfielder, Ideguchi has now suffered a serious ligament injury which could rule him out for nine months.

This is likely to bring a premature end to his latest loan spell at German second tier side Greuther Furth. And, after making a decent impact in the 2.Bundesliga, the former Gamba Osaka man will be missed.

"He has shown us a great attitude so far and we’ll miss him a lot," manager Damir Buric told Nordbayern.

Head coach Damir Buric of Fuerth looks on prior to the Second Bundesliga match between SpVgg Greuther Fuerth and Hamburger SV at Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer on September 27, 2018 in...

Ideguchi was starting to make a name for himself in Germany, starting three times and scoring in Greuther Furth’s 4-1 thrashing of Holstein Kiel recently.

He needed to impress in Germany to spark a Mateusz Klich-style resurgence at Leeds, but a long-term absence now casts doubt on his hopes of a future at Elland Road.

Ideguchi Yosuke #2 of Japan celebrates scoring during the EAFF E-1 Men's Football Championship between Japan and North Korea at Ajinomoto Stadium on December 9, 2017 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan.

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