Yosuke Ideguchi eyeing January return, can he salvage Leeds career?

Yosuke Ideguchi of Japan in action during the international friendly match between Japan and Ghana at Nissan Stadium on May 30, 2018 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

Ideguchi is currently on loan from Leeds at German side Greuther Furth

Yosuke Ideguchi of Greuther Fuerth looks on during the Second Bundesliga match between MSV Duisburg and SpVgg Greuther Fuerth at MSV Arena on September 1, 2018 in Duisburg, Germany.

Yosuke Ideguchi has told German outlet NordBayern that he is planning on returning to training in January, and the Leeds United loanee wants to attend any training camp set-up by loan side Greuther Furth.

The 22-year-old has endured a somewhat unusual spell since his move to Leeds, joining the club in January before being immediately loaned to Spanish side Cultural Leonesa.

He struggled there, before being loaned to second-tier German outfit Furth, where he had impressed in his first three games - even scoring in a 4-1 win over Holstein Kiel. But 31 minutes into a clash against Dresden, he injured his knee.

 

The Leeds man had suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury - similar to Patrick Bamford. Having picked up the problem in October, it was expected he would be out until at least March. But Ideguchi is eyeing an early return.

"If the team flies to training camp in January, I want to be there and participate fully in training," Ideguchi is quoted as saying. "I want to be back with the team as soon as possible to help us."

Yosuke Ideguchi of Japan in action during the international friendly match between Japan and Ghana at Nissan Stadium on May 30, 2018 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

The injury came at the worst possible time for Ideguchi, who had showed signs that he was going to have a positive impact with Furth. If he can return in January and rediscover his October form, he might just save his Leeds career.

Ideguchi has a contract at Leeds until 2022, and the pocket-sized midfielder will be desperate to show he deserves a chance to see that out. Returning to training in January and performing well in the second half of the season will do that.

But it remains to be seen if Ideguchi will return that quickly. Bamford suffered the problem - which is expected more in a car crash - back in early September, and he has only just regained his fitness.

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

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