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Japan’s Hasebe to miss Cup qualifiers

ReutersTOKYO (Reuters) — Japan captain Makoto Hasebe is to undergo surgery on a knee injury and will miss the World Cup qualifiers against the United Arab Emirates and Thailand over the next two weeks.

The 33-year-old defensive midfielder suffered the injury in Bundesliga action against Bayern Munich last weekend and his club Eintracht Frankfurt said on Saturday he would require an operation. Hasebe, an integral member of Vahid Halilhodzic’s side, was injured when he collided with a goalpost while clearing a Thomas Muller shot off the line.

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