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03/05/2011

Injured Yamago to miss Nadeshiko Japan’s U.S. tour

Nadeshiko Japan goalkeeper Nozomi Yamago will miss Japan’s tour to the United States this month due to injury.

Miho Fukumoto of Okayama Yunogo Belle was called up in her place.
The Urawa Reds Ladies player picked up an injury in her side’s Nadeshiko League match at INAC Kobe Leonessa on Tuesday.
Fukumoto has played for Japan in 53 matches.
The Nadeshiko Japan will play friendly matches against the United States on May 14 and 18 as part of their preparations for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in June-July.

Squad (revised):
Goalkeepers—Ayumi Kaihori (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Miho Fukumoto (Okayama Yunogo Belle)
Defenders—Yukari Kinga (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Kyoko Yano (Urawa Reds Ladies), Maiko Nasu (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Akemi Nishida** (Urawa Reds Ladies), Azusa Iwashimizu (Nippon TV Beleza), Aya Sameshima (TBA*), Saori Ariyoshi (Nippon TV Beleza), Saki Kumagai (Urawa Reds Ladies)
Midfielders—Homare Sawa (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Aya Miyama (Okayama Yunogo Belle), Nahomi Kawasumi (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Mizuho Sakaguchi (Albirex Niigata Ladies), Rumi Utsugi (Montpellier), Emi Nakajima** (INAC Kobe Leonessa)
Forwards—Kozue Ando (FCR 2001 Duisburg), Karina Maruyama (JEF United Ichihara・Chiba), Shinobu Ohno (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Yuki Nagasato (1 FFC Turbine Potsdam), Megumi Takase (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Mana Iwabuchi (Nippon TV Beleza)
Coach—Norio Sasaki (Japan)
Notes: * To be announced later.
** For Japan training sessions only.