TOKYO - Japan goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki looks certain to miss next month's overseas friendlies against the Netherlands and Ghana after breaking a finger.
J-League club Nagoya Grampus said on Tuesday that the 33-year-old had undergone surgery and would be out for at least 10 weeks.
Japan, who have already booked their spot at next year's World Cup in South Africa, play the Dutch on September 5 and then Ghana four days later - both games in the Netherlands.
Narazaki will also miss home Kirin Cup matches against Scotland and Togo in October.
Japan's first-choice keeper could be back by the time the "Blue Samurai" travel to play 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa in Durban in November 14.
Japan coach Takeshi Okada names his squad for the next month's Europe trip on Friday.comments