Report: Leeds loanee Yosuke Ideguchi suffers another setback

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 left Leeds in the summer on loan to join 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.

German outlet NordBayern have reported that on-loan Leeds United midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi may have to undergo surgery and miss the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign, after another setback.

The 22-year-old midfielder is currently on loan with German second division side Greuther Furth, but has been on the sidelines since October after managing just four appearances for his loan side.

Ideguchi suffered the same injury as sustained by Leeds striker Patrick Bamford - a tear of the posterior cruciate ligament. The problem is expected more in the likes of car crashes.

 

Furth's decision was not to operate on the Japan international, and instead create more muscle - or protection - around the ligament to help it grow and recover, without having to go under the knife.

It is a process that worked for Wolfsburg midfielder Joshua Guilavogui, who returned in just over eight weeks. An operation can leave you sidelined for four months or more, as Bamford has found out.

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.

However, Furth, Ideguchi and Leeds will have been wishing that they had decided to put the struggling midfielder into theatre, as he is suffering more discomfort in his knee and may now have to undergo surgery - three months later.

Ideguchi is yet to make a single appearance for Leeds, after he joined Cultural Leonesa after joining the Whites last season on loan. He did appear in pre-season before joining Furth. His Leeds contract ends in 2022.

Yosuke Ideguchi of Japan in action during a Japan training session at Akitsu Football Field on May 25, 2018 in Narashino, Chiba, Japan.

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