TOKYO - Japan captain Yuji Nakazawa was diagnosed with a broken eye socket on Thursday but the injury is not expected to keep him out of international duty. The Yokohama F-Marinos central defender was stretchered off after catching an elbow in his right eye from Gamba Osaka striker Lucas during a J-League Cup match on Wednesday. Scans confirmed a fracture but club doctors said Nakazawa could be back in action in two weeks, in time for the country's World Cup warm-up matches that start in September. "His elbow caught me flush," the 31-year-old Nakazawa told reporters. "My eye suddenly swelled up really big and I couldn't see out of it at all."
30 July 2009
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