FCT has announced that last year’s starting GK Hitoshi Shiota finally left the hospital yesterday, after being hospitalized since Feb. 5, first for an emergency appendectomy, then for post-surgical complications related to that incident. He’s scheduled to begin rehabilitation today, but no timeframe for his return to practice or the lineup has been determined yet. He thanked the fans, his fellow players and the team staff for their encouragement during his stay in the hospital, and stated that he hopes to return to the pitch soon.
It’s been a bad month for FCT’s starting GK Hitoshi Shiota. After a poor showing during the Guam training camp, he returned to Japan suffering heatstroke, then underwent an emergency appendectomy. And now a postoperative intestinal blockage has him out until at least the middle of March, meaning the first several matches of the season, assuming he’s in playing shape when he leaves the hospital.
It’s now up to one of the other three keepers on the roster (Shuichi Gonda, Nobuyuki Abe, or Ryotaro Hironaga) to man the sticks and keep FCT’s hopes alive. All three are products of FCT’s U-18 team, but Gonda has been getting the nod in most of the preseason friendlies, so expect to see him open the season wearing the gloves. If he struggles, though, he could find himself riding pine in favor of the other preseason choice, Abe. Hironaga hasn’t seen much field time in the preseason, so he’ll probably be the desperation choice of last resort only if the two ahead of him crash and burn.
CORRECTION: Due to my (Lantis) poor kanji reading, this was originally posted as having Shiota being out for three months, rather than until mid-March. I apologize for the mistake.
Following a diagnosis of appendicitis, FC Tokyo goalkeeper Hitoshi Shiota recieved an emergency appendectomy today. He will need 3-4 weeks to recover from the surgery, which means that backup goalkeepers Shuichi Gonda (a representive of Japan’s U-15, U-16, U-17, and U-18 national teams) and Nobuyuki Abe will have a chance to show off their skills between the posts during FCT’s training camp in Miyazaki Prefecture and, depending on Shiota’s condition, against Albirex Niigata in the opening day match on March 7th.
Following his early return to Japan from Guam camp for medical reasons, starting GK Hitoshi Shiota has been hospitalized. No further details of his condition have been released beyond the heatstroke and resulting glandular swelling announced on Jan. 31, and no date has been established yet for his departure from the hospital.
First the bad news: because of poor performance in the Guam training camp, starting GK Hitoshi Shiota returned on Friday to Japan for a medical examination, which was conducted in Saitama on Saturday. The examination diagnosed heatstroke and glandular swelling, and a second examination has been scheduled for a few days from now.
Now the good news. Two FC Tokyo players have been named to the team for the 2/4 Kirin Challenge Cup match against Finland and the World Cup qualifier against Australia on 2/11. DF Yuto Nagamoto and MF Yasuyuki Konno will be wearing NT blue on both dates.