Japan midfielder Wataru Endo was taken off on a stretcher after being knocked unconscious in a collision whereas enjoying for Stuttgart on Tuesday in an incident which might make him uncertain for the World Cup.
Endo collapsed to the bottom after a conflict of heads and wanted prolonged medical therapy earlier than he was stretchered off within the 82nd minute of Stuttgart’s 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin.
“Wataru Endo was unconscious on the sector however was responsive once more within the ambulance,” Stuttgart wrote on Twitter.
The 29-year-old defensive midfielder is Stuttgart’s captain and has performed 43 occasions for Japan. He was named in Japan’s World Cup squad final week.
Japan’s first sport of the World Cup is Nov. 23 in opposition to Germany earlier than video games in opposition to Costa Rica and Spain.
Earlier this week, Japan drafted in ahead Shuto Machino to exchange injured defender Yuta Nakayama on its World Cup roster for Qatar.
Nakayama, who performs for English membership Huddersfield, injured his Achilles tendon in a match final week.
The Japan Soccer Related introduced the substitute Tuesday to its 26-man squad, which was initially introduced final week.
Machino performs with Shonan Bellmare in Japan’s J League.